> In order to consolidate their power over their citizens, states rolled out policies to increase the legibility of the population they ruled over; they started to require that everyone take a surname in order to uniquely identify them to the state in censuses and tax documents. As you can imagine, this didn't go over well; the historical record documents intense resistance, in some cases even open rebellion.

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Protests against Amazon 

I love it. Not a new slogan, but the delivery is extraordinary.

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I was in need of a new domain name so naturally I turned to the script from @xor that generates valid hostnames from public domain books: github.com/thisisparker/public

I fed it my favorite utopian/psychedelic/creepy/hollow earth novel Etidorhpa (which I've written about at excessive length at lizadaly.com/pages/utopian-nov) and got some good ones:

richer.brighter.life
intensest.holiest.love
upward.perfect.rest
serves.herself.best
suspended.between.life
oscillating.through.space
unseen.spirit.world
single.silvery.hair
previously.designated.spot
absolute.horizontal.rest
weakminded.credulous.tools
sparsely.settled.country
revolving.through.space
fantastically.created.guardian
cultivating.brotherly.love
living.moving.parts
becomes.abnormal.here
passed.through.life
action.through.energy
overhanging.bottomless.space

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After two years of negotiations with Microsoft, the joint committee of the German federal data protection authority and 17 state regulators (DSK) published a devastating statement that essentially says that organizations currently cannot use MS365 in a lawful way under the GDPR.

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addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef is quite neat. for a lot of platforms with business models rooted in data extraction and surveillance it redirects you to alternative frontends that are more privacy-preserving

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Some important rules when considering adding ML to your app:
1. Start building without machine learning
2. Continue without machine learning
3. Be blissfully unaware of concept drift, model versioning, AUC, and feature engineering
4. Turn off the computer
5. Go outside and buy a small child an ice cream cone
6. Sit with your beloved under the stars and, wonder at the vastness of the universe and your small role in it
7. Turn the computer back on, you’re now ready to add only linear regression

imagine all software would feel as good as seeding torrents

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There's A LOT of discussion about content moderation right now and very little of it touches on the fact that we've all lived on the big social sites for the last decade-plus thanks to the massively exploitated labor of mostly-invisible moderation workers. The social web at scale wouldn't have happened without these laborers, who in addition to shit wages, have been exposed to literally every imaginable horror.

If we're remaking this world, let's do better on that front.

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I know GPU timeouts aren't good but with dmesg output this cute, I kind of look forward to them ^.^

Loving @lina's kernel driver so much. And the fault recovery is amazingly stable!

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Yes donating to the admin is nice, but have you considered we can use this energy to build institutions for actual user power?

Large scale user unions which fund the systemic development and sustainability of this environment? That fund moderation labor across the network?

Democratic institutions that can push back simultaneously against Big Tech, BDFL like Mastodon and misguided legislation to regulate the internet?

Umbrella organizations that can shield users from arbitrary abuses of instances and simultaneously assist teams running instances with legal issues, know-how, funds and best practices?

We're currently only scratching the surface of what federated social networks can be and we need to be way more ambitious.

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doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result is the definition of mutable state

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f(x,y) = (~(((-x) + (y - 5)) % ((x * y) + (~y)))) % 8

Extent: 256x256 (scaled x2)

"Onebit" colouring scheme.

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and of course brutalist me is very pleased to see all the jobs running under the hood, which are linked on the page by clicking on "history": catalogd.archive.org/log/34737

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i actually rented a server on hetzner to run the ocr myself because i didn't know beforehand that @internetarchive just… does that? was pleased to find out that i could just turn it off again and let them handle it

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the internet archive is magical. i uploaded ~6gb, more than 250 cyrillic pdfs, and it's been chugging along for the last couple of hours, running optical character recognition on each of them. some are now already on display in a nice viewer

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f(x,y) = (-(((20 - y) + (-y)) ^ (~(x & x)))) % 10

Extent: 256x256 (scaled x2)

"Onebit" colouring scheme.

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post.lurk.org

A fediverse community for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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