Why Cities Are Banning Facial Recognition Technology | WIRED - YouTube
A handful of US cities have banned government use of facial recognition technology due to concerns over its accuracy and privacy. WIRED's Tom Simonite talks with computer vision scientist and lawyer Gretchen Greene about the controversy surrounding the use of this technology.
$video  %capitalism  %privacy 
19 hours ago
LibraryBox
LibraryBox is an open source, portable digital file distribution tool based on inexpensive hardware that enables delivery of educational, healthcare, and other vital information to individuals off the grid.
$howto  %opensource 
yesterday
My Shadow Library: A Chinese Author on Book Piracy - Words Without Borders
My personal introduction to piracy was jarringly public. The first time I discovered a pirated edition of one of my books was on May 12, 1994. I belong to the Shanghai Writers’ Association, and often browse the private bookstands near the SWA office. One day, I noticed many of my books for sale. One was “published by” the Writers Publishing House and titled Selected Works of Ye Yonglie. I picked up a copy of my book The Life of Jiang Qing, with an unfamiliar, oddly crude cover, and was shocked to find it was a pirate edition.
%capitalism  piracy 
yesterday
Erik E. Fair
Most often, people are adding the superfluous graphics to web pages just because they can, not because they've thought through the issues carefully and designed something that will actually improve the presentation. It's a "form versus content" issue - I'm more interested in content than form, as a general rule; "what does it say?", rather than "how does it look?"
!tosort 
3 days ago
Online gay culture and soc.motss: How a Usenet group anticipated how we use Facebook and Twitter today.
Since the early 1980s, there have been many LGBTQ spaces on the Net: newsgroups, bulletin board systems, or BBSs, mailing lists, social networks, chat rooms, and websites. But the very first LGBTQ Internet space, as far as I’ve been able to find, was the soc.motss newsgroup. And it hosted conversations that had never been seen before online—and that arguably remain in too short supply even today.
!tosort 
3 days ago
How to start your own instance | ldopa
If anybody is interested, it’s actually super duper easy to host your own instance through masto.host . It’s a little bit of work to get started but really easy after
mastodon  %computers  $howto 
4 days ago
General Articles: How to fix an iPod reboot loop
There are a number of things that can cause this problem, such as the COMM (comment) field exceeding the iTunes hard limit of 254 characters, or due to invalid UTF-8 byte sequences in ID3 tags (which are pretty common in the wild since ID3’s encoding standard is a bit ad-hoc and nobody can even agree on what it’s supposed to be).
!tosort 
5 days ago
Everything wrong with science fiction is John W. Campbell’s fault. – alis.me
To put it another way, Campbell was a white supremacist and an American imperialist, even by the standards of his day.
$meta  books  sff 
5 days ago
Episode 804 - Gardening for Butterflies & Other Beneficial Insects - Growing A Greener World®
Gardening for butterflies and other pollinators was one of the most common responses In a survey Growing a Greener World sent out to our email subscribers, as one of their most important gardening goals in the upcoming year. Many responded that they planned on creating a butterfly or pollinator garden soon and would like more information on how to attract and protect them.
gardening 
6 days ago
Lessons (so far) from Mastodon for independent social networks | Medium
A lot of these lessons aren’t new at all. We’ve seen them before with Dreamwidth, Diaspora, StatusNet, Gnu Social, Pinboard, Ello, and others. Mastodon’s a good reminder that they’re still true, so they’re worth reiterating here:
mastodon  %federation 
7 days ago
Transforming Tech with Diversity-Friendly Software | Medium
The presentation talks about Mastodon as an example of diversity-friendly software based on its early focus on harassment, and the importance of furries and LGBTQ+ people in the early user base and development team. In particualr, key functionality like content warning and user muting has been largely driven by trans, queer, and nonbinary Mastodonians.
mastodon  %federation 
7 days ago
Mastodon’s Complicated Relationship with Queer Activism | hoodieaidakitten @ DW
and if you want a TLDR, here goes. queer activism has been the catalyst of change for mastodon from the beginning, and many of it’s most defining features would never have come into existence without it. but gargron refuses to acknowledge that, or change for transparency to allow for this to be a stronger influence, to allow for positive change. instead he whines about it publically, pettily, and places the blame on the people who made mastodon what it is now.
mastodon  %federation  %advocacy 
7 days ago
Mastodon is crumbling—and many blame its creator | The Daily Dot
Mastodon’s development process is pretty standard in the free open-source software community, but Mastodon isn’t a standard open-source project, and its queer users have long fought with Rochko over how credit is given out for features.
mastodon  %federation 
7 days ago
Outsourced: Employee Sends Own Job To China; Surfs Web : The Two-Way : NPR
The anonymous company, identified only as a critical infrastructure firm, asked Verizon's Web security personnel to look into data that showed its virtual private network was being accessed from China — even as the employee whose credentials were used to log in from overseas was sitting in the company's offices, using his computer.
%capitalism  scams 
8 days ago
How to upgrade an iPod for 2018 with flash memory and a new battery | The Verge
Using an iPod in 2018 can be rough, however: 30GB of storage on a hard drive with slow speeds and annoying skipping isn’t a good user experience, no matter how nice Apple’s hardware is. Fortunately, we can fix that with a little DIY hacking to turn your humble old iPod back into the supercharged portable music player it once was.
'ipodhacks  $howto 
9 days ago
The iFlash iPod Adapters
The adaptors will work in the following iPod Videos and iPod Classics :-

5g and 5.5g (30gb, 60gb, and 80gb)
6g Classic (80gb Thin) ** Maximum 128Gb for iTunes
6g Classic (160gb Thick) ** Maximum 128Gb for iTunes
6.5g (120gb Thin) ** Maximum 128Gb for iTunes
7g / 7.5g (160gb Thin / late 2009)
'ipodhacks 
9 days ago
Identify your iPod model
Find out which iPod model you have by its model number and other details.
'ipodhacks 
9 days ago
Installation of the Rockbox bootloader on iPod Classic (80/120/160 GB)
This page will contain a link to the most recent version of the bootloader, until it gets merged into Rockbox, and the Classics become an officially supported target. When this happens, this page will redirect to Rockbox's installation instructions.
%computers  $howto  'ipodhacks 
9 days ago
Bruce Sterling - The Hacker Crackdown
This electronic book is now literary freeware. It now belongs to the emergent realm of alternative information economics. You have no right to make this electronic book part of the conventional flow of commerce. Let it be part of the flow of knowledge: there's a difference.
$book  %hacktheplanet  freestuff  %internethistory 
10 days ago
The nine rules of "Freddish": the positive, inclusive empathic language of Mr Rogers / Boing Boing
Rogers' nine rules are a masterclass in figuring out how to clarify a thought, then refine that clarity to remove extraneous elements, then consider the result and use empathy for your audience to be a better communicator and a better person.
%advocacy 
11 days ago
Bisexual Baker — elfwreck: prokopetz: In honour of my currently...
In honour of my currently being flat broke, here’s a rec list of Steam games that are 100% free – no microtransactions, no demos. In the interest of brevity I’m going to omit detailed content warnings; be sure to check each title’s tags first if you have concerns!
$game  freestuff 
10 weeks ago
Flea Market Supplies and a Bit on the Lifestyle of Vending While Full-time RVing
Flea market sale days require supplies. It is necessary to have coins and small bills to use in making change. Have a cash box, money apron, fanny bag, or some secure place to put sale proceeds.
%rvlife 
11 weeks ago
Shopping Without Moving the RV
Here are some: taxi cab, campground shuttle service, public transportation (such as a bus or trolley), paying a neighboring RVer to take you, riding along when a friend goes, having a bicycle or scooter to use for short trips, having groceries/supplies delivered, walking.
%rvlife 
11 weeks ago
Beyond Romantic Advertisements: Ancestry.com, Genealogy, and White Supremacy – AAIHS
Ancestry.com has recently come under a lot of well-deserved criticism for whitewashing slavery with a new advertisement that portrays an enslaved Black woman and a white man running off to Canada to marry. These critiques led Ancestry to quickly pull the video, though they claimed the company “is committed to telling important stories from history. This ad was intended to represent one of those stories.” The video went beyond just misrepresenting the nature of most interracial relationships during the antebellum period, however. The individual story being recounted appears invented; a quick search on Ancestry’s databases shows that the marriage record shown in the advertisement doesn’t exist. This is, unfortunately, not the only way the company has erased the horrors of slavery and Americans’ ties to the institution.
genealogy 
12 weeks ago
Influencers Are Faking Brand Deals - The Atlantic
A decade ago, shilling products to your fans may have been seen as selling out. Now it’s a sign of success.

h/t alisx
%advertising  %capitalism 
may 2019
The little-noticed surge across the U.S.-Mexico border: It’s Americans heading south   - The Washington Post
It started with just a few American retirees. These days, two dozen players fill the courts at the municipal sports center most mornings, swinging paddles at plastic balls. There are so many clubs in Mexico dedicated to the U.S. sport that a tournament was held here last year.
%capitalism 
may 2019
Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don't Blame Cars.) - CityLab - Pocket
So, in the postwar years, systems cut back their service and riders fled, prompting a cycle of further service cuts and ridership declines until there was virtually nothing left. This happened even in many of the municipally owned systems.
%capitalism 
may 2019
BBC - Future - Why there’s so little left of the early internet
The Million Dollar Homepage shows that the decay of this early period of the internet is almost invisible. In the offline world, the closing of, say, a local newspaper is often widely reported. But online sites die, often without fanfare, and the first inkling you may have that they are no longer there is when you click on a link to be met with a blank page.
%internethistory 
may 2019
Professional Women Are Using Backpacks Instead of Purses - The Atlantic
Of course, some women, such as students and exterminators, have always had to shlep pounds of gear on their back. But I’m talking about the Ann Taylor–wearing, brown-bag-lunching, nude-heel crew. Many of them have started carrying backpacks too.
%feminism  fashion 
may 2019
No Tech Magazine
No Tech Magazine hosts all links and updates from Low-tech Magazine. We refuse to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution.
$howto 
may 2019
The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo - BrettTerpstra.com
And while Google does some cool tricks, DuckDuckGo does some even better ones.
%privacy  $howto 
may 2019
Public_Access
Hacking advertising space in public places
$howto  %hacktheplanet 
may 2019
Instagram influencers are out, slackers are in — Quartzy
The internet influencer is the apotheosis of all this striving, this modern set of values taken to its grotesque extreme: Nothing is sacred, art has been replaced by “content,” and everything is for sale.
fashion  %internethistory  %advertising 
may 2019
Did Pornhub Actually Plow Snow in Boston?
We told Pornhub about our suspicions, but they’re sticking to their story. They hired more than 24 contractors total in Boston and New Jersey, they say (the Jersey truck drivers also plowed in New York), and those plow drivers spent all day driving around their respective areas and removing snow for free. “We did indeed plow the Bostonians we were able to make it to,” says spokesman Chris Jackson.

And yet…

There are no pictures of the plows in action
%capitalism  %advertising  scams 
may 2019
ReaDB: Your Private Digital Bookshelf
ReaDB is a privacy-aware, self-hosted, open-source alternative to propriatary services like GoodReads and LibraryThing.
$software  %opensource 
may 2019
BookStack
BookStack is a simple, self-hosted, easy-to-use platform for organising and storing information.
$software  %opensource 
may 2019
Here’s How I work | Fall Into The Story
I work on a three-draft method. This works for me. It’s not the right way/wrong way. There is no right or wrong for a process that works for any individual writer. Anyone who claims there is only one way, or that’s the wrong way, is a stupid, arrogant bullshitter. That’s my considered opinion.
$howto 
april 2019
How genre has failed and served queer representation | SYFY WIRE
It’s been a slow, uphill progression for queer representation in genre literature. Genre television and genre film lag a little behind genre literature, but we have more options than ever. But the very variety we have lays bare the two major problems facing queer representation in genre fiction: the limitations of metaphor and the limitations of accessibility.
fandom 
february 2019
A cosplay sisterhood mashes up Black Panther and Sailor Moon and it's amazing | SYFY WIRE
You know how the anime theme song goes: Fighting evil by moonlight, teaching kids by daylight, never running from a real fight, she is the Wakandan Sailor Moon! Well, at least that's the way cosplayer Lizzette J. might prefer it to sound. As one-quarter of the cosplaying sisterhood Sailor Milaje, Lizzette suits up as her version of Usagi — if Usagi was born in the fictional African nation of Wakanda instead of Tokyo.
*sailormoon  *blackpanther  fandom 
february 2019
Asking the Wrong Questions: It's Easy to Be a Saint in Paradise: Thoughts on The Good Place's Third Season
All of which is to say that it can be a bit intimidating to express criticism or skepticism about The Good Place's worldbuilding, because odds are that your reaction is the point, all the way back to "wait, the afterlife in this show doesn't make any sense" in the first season. Nevertheless, I find myself troubled by some of the conclusions the show reaches in its third season and where it proceeds from them.
fandom 
february 2019
HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL RV YOUTUBE CHANNEL?
Taking the leap into RV Life is a BIG challenge. Starting your YouTube channel to share this amazing experience is no less of a challenge…but fear not! We’re here to encourage you to begin creating video content 👊🏻😍 we’ll also share exclusive knowledge we’ve learned along the way to help you optimize your new YouTube channel and set you up for success.
%rvlife  travel 
february 2019
How Amazon's commercial fan fiction misses the point - The Verge
In May, Amazon announced Kindle Worlds, a fan fiction wing of its publishing program. In exchange for work written for three Warner Bros. shows, authors will receive between 20 and 35 percent of the revenue from each sale. Rather than existing in legal limbo, stories will be officially sanctioned by copyright holders. And it's one of the only ways for fan fiction authors to easily sell their work. But to some authors, Kindle Worlds is still a step backwards — an effort to monetize fan fiction while stripping out its best features.
fandom 
february 2019
alisx | Consume, create, curate.
Consumptive fandom, is primarily concerned with having “the most” of something. For example, “the most comics books”, “the most Lord of the Rings trivia”, “the most Supernatural convention attendances.”
fandom 
february 2019
Fandom in the Time of Money: A rebuttal - Purple Row
I guess I have a little issue with this notion of "exploiting" fandom. Exploiting implies a one-sided or unfair relationship which I don't think actually exists. The implication here is that owners are manipulating fans into siding with them, when in a fair relationship the fans would side more with the players. But I really don't think this is the case at all. Fans don't care about owners or players, they care about the sport itself.
fandom 
february 2019
TV, Fandom, and Shipping - RJ Scribbles
I would be remiss to say that there is not a bit of schadenfreude on my part because of all this…straight-baiting, but the Elementary writers being adamant about Joan and Sherlock’s friendship opens up another avenue that is also rarely explored in media: platonic love between a man and a woman.
fandom 
february 2019
Skylarking
A year of full-time RVing in Gertie, my 22' 1985 Lazy Daze motorhome, convinced me that this was the life for me—a more interesting and more enjoyable life than I'd ever had. By the summer of 2006, I knew I wanted to continue fulltiming indefinitely...but I needed a home with a little more room than Gertie, and I wanted a rig that would last me for the next ten or twenty years. So I bought a 2003 Lazy Daze, a 26.5' midbath model with four more feet of space than Gertie. Four feet doesn't sound like much, but it made a world of difference, as you'll see.
'lazydaze  %rvlife 
february 2019
Lazy Daze Caravan Club
The Lazy Daze Caravan Club is a separate legal entity from Laze Daze, Inc. The only requirements for membership in the Caravan Club are to be an owner of a Lazy Daze motorhome and to have attended a caravan. There are no fees or annual dues required for caravan membership.
%rvlife  travel 
february 2019
RV Golf Club: Park Your RV Overnight at Hundreds of Golf Courses Nationwide | RV Golf Club
Are you looking for a better, smarter, refreshing alternative to expensive, crowded RV parks? Are you finding that it’s getting harder to find a vacancy? Do you want a better quality experience than Wal-Mart, truck stops and rest areas? For $99 a year you can park free every night of the year at hundreds of beautiful golf courses and resort hotels all over North America, from Coast to Coast.
%rvlife  travel 
february 2019
An all-fandoms multi-media flashworks community - House MD: Meta: On Autistic House & Stimming
The concept of House as an autistic person is toyed with in the show, especially in season 3 episode 4 Lines in the Sand, but there it’s dismissed as ridiculous. I’d like to put that as the fact that men in their forties addicted to painkillers aren’t the poster child for our diagnosis, and so it’s easy to miss obvious signs on them— it’s the same case with woman-presenting people, because of sexism in psychiatry and the study of autism.
fandom  *housem.d. 
february 2019
minim_calibre | [Meta] The State of Fandom, as seen by me, reported by me, & experienced by me. Opinions are my own.
Because there's nothing new under the sun, just different variations on the same old song.

And now it's time for an assortment of observations below individual cuts, so you can pick and choose what, if anything, you want to read.
fandom 
february 2019
Minivan Camper Conversion - Nomads With a Van
Red Delicious is our Kia Sedona minivan-turned-camper, and our home when en route between destinations. We read countless other blogs for ideas and advice on how to outfit her.
%rvlife  travel 
february 2019
nostalgia | It's A Topic ("You wore your soldier-hat!")
I come at this mostly from Dr Whom fandom, which has been monetising fandom in one way or another since at least the 90s. (It use to be fairly easy to find old bits of fic by NA/EDA/BF writers online, and some of it's probably still there.) I once got into a fight on Outpost Gallifrey because I called the tie-in books "published fanfic" and one of the authors assumed I meant "they're shit, because all fanfic is shit."
fandom 
february 2019
jadislefeu | On setting up Calibre for fanfic
I was asked on Discord for a tutorial about using Calibre for fanfic in general! Please feel welcome to share or link this wherever, because it was more work than I realized it would be when I started and I want it to be useful to people.
fandom  $howto 
february 2019
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