2016
Don't Get Distracted
"I’m going to tell you about how I took a job building software to kill people."
ethics  software  tech  military-industrial-complex  talks  via-trivium 
6 days ago
cowlicks/privacypossum: Privacy Possum makes tracking you less profitable
An anti-tracking-oriented plugin from a one-time Privacy Badger dev. Probably worth a look.
firefox  browser  warelogging  privacy  web  adtech  eff 
6 days ago
Sound Blaster: How Sound Cards Took Over Computing
"Sound cards like the Creative Sound Blaster were the missing element that computers needed to take on multimedia. Then, they faded from view. Here's why."
sounds  audio  warelogging  history  computers  sound-blaster 
6 days ago
Audio Adversarial Examples
«We have constructed targeted audio adversarial examples on speech-to-text transcription neural networks: given an arbitrary waveform, we can make a small perturbation that when added to the original waveform causes it to transcribe as any phrase we choose.»
for-adafruit  security  alexa  audio  papers  machine-learning 
9 days ago
Why Did Some Countercultural Types Vote For Trump? - Mondo 2000
These seem like fairly accurate observations, as far as they go. (Could probably use a side of "lots of people are just racist as hell".)
counterculture  american-left  politics  trump  american-right  hippies 
9 days ago
Why Julia Evans's Blog Is So Great
"Some writing is narrative. It aims to cause you to feel or experience something. In personal narrative, the writer shares a personal experience and invites you to walk with her on that journey, experiencing it as she did, emerging with a new perspective. I really like narrative-style tech writing."
technical-writing  linux  tech  julia-evans  criticism  amazing-grace 
12 days ago
MSYS2 homepage
"At its core is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software. It provides a bash shell, Autotools, revision control systems and the like for building native Windows applications using MinGW-w64 toolchains."
windows  linux  warelogging  cygwin  bash  git 
16 days ago
“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”
«“Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.»
date-math  calendars  rome  classics  latin  math  history  mastodon 
25 days ago
Revisiting the ‘Rise and Decline’ – Community Data Science Collective
«In a paper I am presenting Thursday morning at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), a group of us have replicated and extended the 2013 paper’s analysis in 769 other large wikis. We find that the dynamics observed in Wikipedia are a strikingly good description of the average Wikia wiki. They appear to reoccur again and again in many communities.»
wikipedia  wiki  research  data  papers  collaboration 
26 days ago
Law of the instrument - Wikipedia
«The first recorded statement of the concept was Abraham Kaplan's, in 1964: "I call it the law of the instrument, and it may be formulated as follows: Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding."»
wikipedia  tools  idealogging 
27 days ago
A Rant About Git
"The end result here is that the technical deficiencies in git create a barrier to non-experts which has led us to grant an american corporation exclusive control of vast swathes of the FOSS commons. This will not end well."
git  warelogging  tech  free-software  free-culture  decentralization  federation  version-control 
28 days ago
Mr. Friendly by JP LeBreton
"A cozy Doom mod that radically repurposes any Doom level into an Animal Crossing-like nonviolent social space where each monster has a name and something to say. You play Mr. Friendly, a Guardian Demon tasked with helping improve the lives of Hell's minions as they recover from the latest space marine rampage. Level exits work normally; the point is to chill out, do quests, interact with stuff, and explore."
doom  games  game-mods  via-mastodon  demons 
29 days ago
Dan McComas, Reddit Product SVP and Imzy Founder Interview
"I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place"
reddit  internet  social-media  politics  moderation  white-supremacy  discord  via-irc 
4 weeks ago
Discernible or discernable? Is discernable even a word?
«Like “legible” and “divisible,” it ends in “-ible” rather than “-able” (the spelling generally depends on how the original Latin verb was conjugated). In the past year we used “discernible” in articles 92 times and “discernable” 15 times, for an error rate of about 14 percent.»
spelling  words  etymology  latin  french  english  language 
4 weeks ago
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook hearing was an utter sham - Zephyr Teachout
«Facebook is a known behemoth corporate monopoly. It has exposed at least 87 million people’s data, enabled foreign propaganda and perpetuated discrimination. We shouldn’t be begging for Facebook’s endorsement of laws, or for Mark Zuckerberg’s promises of self-regulation. We should treat him as a danger to democracy and demand our senators get a real hearing.»
facebook  senate  hearings  law  privacy  panopticon  opinion  the-guardian  via-irc  via-thcipriani  zephyr-teachout  democracy  government 
5 weeks ago
microG Project
"A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google’s proprietary Android user space apps and libraries."
google  android  warelogging  free-software  via-mastodon 
5 weeks ago
‘The Business of War’: Google Employees Protest Work for the Pentagon - The New York Times
"Thousands of Google employees, including dozens of senior engineers, have signed a letter protesting the company’s involvement in a Pentagon program that uses artificial intelligence to interpret video imagery and could be used to improve the targeting of drone strikes."
war  google  panopticon  organizing  unionization  politics  ai  new-york-times  open-letters 
5 weeks ago
Schwartzian transform - Wikipedia
"The Schwartzian transform is a version of a Lisp idiom known as decorate-sort-undecorate, which avoids recomputing the sort keys by temporarily associating them with the input items. This approach is similar to memoization, which avoids repeating the calculation of the key corresponding to a specific input value. By comparison, this idiom assures that each input item's key is calculated exactly once, which may still result in repeating some calculations if the input data contains duplicate items."
perl  wikipedia  howto  algorithms  sorting  computer-science  programming  hack 
6 weeks ago
Friend Who Listened To Podcast On Watergate Bursts Into Conversation With Guns Fucking Blazing
"At press time, Graham had not paused in his goddamn verbal fusillade long enough to allow his targets, former American history majors Stephanie Leong and Gerald Zindel, to respond."
the-onion  watergate  nixon  history  podcasts  via-stilldavid  via-irc 
7 weeks ago
Key Word in Context - Wikipedia
"A KWIC index is formed by sorting and aligning the words within an article title to allow each word (except the stop words) in titles to be searchable alphabetically in the index. It was a useful indexing method for technical manuals before computerized full text search became common."
ptx  coreutils  concordance  indices  publishing  text  warelogging  wikipedia  libraries 
9 weeks ago
A Church in Doubt by Richard Rex | Articles | First Things
It's interesting to read this kind of thing, which is certainly written with some intelligence and perception, and which also hinges in its perspective on statements like "[i]f, however, the Catholic Church were indeed to abandon or reverse the almost total opposition to divorce that it has maintained across two millennia, then its claim to be the privileged vehicle of divine revelation on moral issues would be, quite simply, shattered."

For divorce, in this kind of thinking, you can also pretty handily substitute women in the clergy, gay marriage, contraception, and so forth. And then I guess I think: Well, pretty much. Maybe you ought to just concede the failure of that privileged-vehicle trip and let the entire institution die a well-deserved death. (Then again, reading this over, it's entirely possible the piece is quietly saying exactly that: "Such a conclusion would definitively explode any pretension to moral authority on the part of the Church. A church which could be so wrong, for so long, on a matter so fundamental to human welfare and happiness could hardly lay claim to decency, let alone infallibility.")
marriage  sexuality  catholicism  via-ayjay  religion  history  first-things  pope  pope-francis  doctrine 
9 weeks ago
You're Living in the Past, Dude! - Bradley M. Kuhn ( Brad ) ( bkuhn )
«Nevertheless, there's actually nothing wrong with "living in the past" — I quite like it myself. However, I'd suggest that care be taken to not admonish those who make a go at creating the future. (At this risk of making a conclusion that sounds like a time travel joke,) don't forget that their future will eventually become that very past where I and others would prefer to live.»
bradley-kuhn  software  free-software  history  desktop  gnome  debian 
9 weeks ago
Waiting for Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment | The Nation
«Like a TED Talk, Enlightenment Now is easy to summarize. Despite all the doom and gloom bandied about today, Pinker argues, things are good—in fact, the best they’ve ever been. More specifically, human beings today lead longer, safer, healthier, wealthier, and indeed happier lives than at any point in recorded history, and they do so thanks to the Enlightenment. The nay-saying that is so prevalent in our culture is simply an error, the product of cognitive biases compounded by the influence of foolish intellectuals and ignorant politicians.»
steven-pinker  philosophy  enlightenment  history  books  reviews 
9 weeks ago
Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture | Current Affairs
There's plenty to disagree with in here (there are obvious major problems with the idea that buildings and cities can just spread out horizontally), and plenty I'm not really qualified to evaluate. I don't hate every giant weird concrete building. Still, there is also a lot to agree with.
architecture  design  opinion  buildings  via-ayjay  for-toni 
9 weeks ago
What renovations are worth doing? - Curbed
"Rustic modernism is the perfect example of the simulacrum, the copy for which no original exists: it is historical without much history, a color palette and vague ruralness masquerading as a pure American legacy. The truth is, though there are the occasional episodes featuring truly decrepit properties, the vast majority of the homes featured on the show have nothing wrong with them. In fact, the hosts have time and time again muddied up houses (especially midcentury modern ones) with genuinely authentic, or even irreplaceable, interiors."
architecture  buildings  housing  culture  essays  mcmansion-hell  hgtv  reality-television  economics 
10 weeks ago
Tidal - Home
"TidalCycles (or Tidal for short) is a language for live coding patterns. It allows you to make musical patterns with text, describing sequences and ways of transforming and combining them, exploring complex interactions between simple parts."
haskell  music  audio  programming  warelogging  synthesizers 
10 weeks ago
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