Joel Handley on Twitter: "A few points on how Chicago Police use ALPR/license-plate scanners to collect location data, (likely) share it with ICE, FBI, etc., and keep it secret. For @SLKollmann, @lucyparsonslabs, @maassive. (1/x)"
@Joel_Handley: One not-at-all silver lining is that it’s not clear any of this ALPR tech works very well. So, at best, could be a huge waste of money that only goes to enrich Motorola Solutions and leaves people’s location data susceptible to hacking.
surveillance_economy  police  chicago  tweets  2019 
3 hours ago
Filthy Lucre - VICE
Molly Crabapple: "An artist, like an activist, is expected to financially hobble herself. Purity is as important as survival. There's a constant criticism for earning "too much." But as we slash the social safety net, once basic things—a home, college, a dignified old age—become mirages. It's near impossible to live the average American dream on the average American salary.

Not talking about money is a tool of class war. A culture that forbids employees from comparing salaries helps companies pay women and minorities less. Ignoring the mercenary grit behind success leads to quasi-religious abundance gurus claiming you can visualize your way to wealth."
art  essay  us  capitalism  2013 
8 hours ago
Consolation Prizes | Alex Pareene
"By historical and international standards, there are much worse things to be than a member of the stagnant or declining middle class in America, or even post-Soviet Russia—nearly everyone we’re talking about probably has televisions and refrigerators among other cheaply produced pieces of gadgetry. But people seem to choose to obliterate themselves not when their current situation is dire, but when there is no apparent path to a better one."
politics  economics  capitalism  us  grim_meathook_future  essay 
9 hours ago
regular skeleton on Twitter: "One aspect of the Millennial Burnout Experience I find frustrating, especially right now between jobs, is the feeling that any creative work I do can't be done just to try it; it has to be good, marketable. It has to be a bid
"One aspect of the Millennial Burnout Experience I find frustrating, especially right now between jobs, is the feeling that any creative work I do can't be done just to try it; it has to be good, marketable. It has to be a bid for security. There's no time to be bad at something."
11 hours ago
Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred | Products | DorpatSherrardLomont
"the most compelling and essential of Paul's 1,800 photo-history columns for the Sunday magazine of The Seattle Times. Each stunning "then" image paired with a new, matching, full-color "now" photographed by Jean Sherrard"
book  seattle  history  photos 
11 hours ago
"A gpg-enabled mailing list manager with remailing-capabilities."
software  email  mailing_list  gpg 
13 hours ago
AI Neural Networks being used to generate HQ textures for older games (You can do it yourself!) | Lobsters
Esrgan and sftgan. Not sure about textures, but note how it could be handy for photography sharpening
neuralnetworks  graphics  lobsters  ai 
14 hours ago
Operable Software
PR: Note points about having taps/debugging at OS level, not at application layer

mfeathers@lobsters notes he'd like more Erlanger: "all design admits the possibility of failure, messaging is the base reality, systems use a single language and in-house developed tools rather than an untameable menagerie of languages and vendor tooling."
piperesearch  architecture  software 
14 hours ago
GitHub - pest-parser/pest: The Elegant Parser
Based on PEGs, faster than nom, uses separate grammar files?
rust  library  parser  repo:github 
Eight million pixels and counting - Following up on the 2d graphics in Rust discussion
Noting that "2D graphics means different things to different people", focusing on what that means for web browsers and general UI.
In particular note his API design notes:
- Most common 2D APIs like Canvas were descendants of Java2D/Postscript, where the developer needs to manually change parts of the scene(very stateful). They don't map well to modern GPUs.
- Compositors are more important than ever. Thankfully, most if not all current window managers now let you hand off your compositor calls(albeit being subtly different in how it's done, this is a job for compatibility layers).
- These two facts are how most browsers and UI toolkits operate: "an immediate mode painting abstraction, on top of which an invalidation system and a compositor were implemented to paper over the difficulty of rendering at 60 frames per second (without draining too much power). " Most are now trying to move away from this(Firefox/Mozilla are building WebRender, which he then explains a bit of)
- The description of WebRender, "consumers of the API build a retained representation made of nested "display lists", and several frames will be rendered from this representation when animated properties of these display lists change (for example scrolling, or other types of animations).". Note the simple list of primitives it uses.
- He then notes that while WR is good for UIs and web, path-rendering would be a much different design, which he hopes to cover in a separate post
graphics  piperesearch  api  2018  ui  web 
GitHub - RazrFalcon/resvg: An SVG rendering library.
A pure Rust library for rendering SVG(aiming for a static SVG Full 1.1 subset). Unlike librsvg it is not tied to any other os dependencies. It does not attempt to cover any animations.
svg  rendering  library  rust  repo:github 
[Toybox] More than you really wanted to know about patch.
Rob goes over the messy history of patch, including git improvements
diff  patch  history  reference  unix  version_control 
New details revealed about Purdue's marketing of OxyContin- STAT
"The state’s lawsuit concludes: “The opioid epidemic is not a mystery to the people who started it. The defendants knew what they were doing.”"
drugs  us  article  medical  2019 
GitHub - intel/rtos-drv-intel-s1000
"MCU/RTOS driver for Sue Creek speech and audio processor. This driver implements the APIs to applications and the underlying control mechanisms for managing audio capture, playback, wakeword notification, etc."
The Sue Creek S1000 processor, from Intel, with on-chip speech recognition. Part of the Quark family.
(Not sure what that means tho, is it a trained NN on the chip, or just a lot of fancy vector instructions?)
repo:github  intel  programming  speech-recognition  privacy  surveillance 
2 days ago
Bicycling on Haunted Streets by Do Jun Lee — YES! Magazine
"Bikequity: Money, Class, & Bicycling"
Relating bicycling in NYC to Korean "han" of shared unspoken pain.
excerpt  essay  bicycles  culture  emotion  2018 
2 days ago
Omakase Images
Pop-art saint candles!
art  store 
3 days ago
DCM Closed & No More Coaches
On UCB, but performance/speaking in general:

"It doesn't matter if some people don't want to get paid. I am going to say this again in bold. It doesn't matter if some people don't want to get paid. I am going to say this again in bold and all caps. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF SOME PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO GET PAID.

Too often the pay issue gets framed as a matter of opinion. Someone says "UCB should pay" and someone else says "but I'm fine not getting paid" and a third person says "well we should get to the bottom of this, later, once we deal with all our other, more pressing problems." This reduces the question from "what is right" to "what is popular and logistically convenient." "
performance  business 
3 days ago
Author Incomes: Not Great, Now or Then – Whatever
Noting that the Authors Guild survey has survivorship basis, and the usual advice still applies: don't quit your day job
2019  writing  business 
3 days ago
Backups & redundancy at | Lobsters
An interesting thread on "but as everything shifts towards the big cloud providers hosting everything, I wonder if there’s going to be point on the price/utility curves where small self hosted companies build an advantage over small cloud hosted companies. Not just on a price basis, but also all the things OP mentions, like stronger control over data sovereignty etc as a service provider."
cloud  hosting  sysadmin  lobsters  discussion 
3 days ago
"experimental, Ada-inspired language for very small systems (6502, Z80, etc)"
ada  language  osdev  pmz  programming 
3 days ago
デジタルメモ「ポメラ」 | KING JIM
Home of the Pomera e-ink digital typewriters. See the DM30 for a neat folding design!
pmz  hardware  japan  computers 
3 days ago
sunlight-readable LCD

"Something that might take more battery than a purely e-ink solution but perhaps be easier to drive and find would be to ...
pmz  display  hardware  from notes
3 days ago
@misspenart: Okay, I finally sat down to write sunseaapparel a formal DMCA takedown notice. One thing that's worked on scammers like this in the past is sending one every day so they can't ignore it.
dmca  legal  reference  art  tumblr 
3 days ago
The Case of Caroline Calloway and her Creativity Workshop Tour
"All of this probably sounds pretty minor to you. Why should you care about this person you’ve most certainly never heard of before? Why are we wasting our time talking about yet another internet celebrity and yet another scam? Well, that’s a lot of questions and the answers will require time, but throughout this post, I hope to paint a portrait of the new age of the ‘influencer economy’, the insidious nature of Instagram’s faux aspirational agenda, and the one woman who exemplifies the trend at its most inept. Caroline Calloway’s scam may not be the biggest on the internet or the most upsetting but it certainly best represents the truth that lies beneath the well-filtered veil."
instagram  culture  internet  2019 
3 days ago
Not customers: doctors have patients, libraries have patrons, lawyers have clients and teachers have students / Boing Boing
"Alex Jones may be convincing people to drink from a poisoned well, but marketization of professionals is the thing that put the poison in the well to begin with.

We can have a professionalism that is about duty and standards without having it be about deference to authority and exclusion of people who lack privilege. What we can't survive is a world where the critical, complex life-or-death matters we contend with every day are regulated by "the customer is always right.""
from:boingboing  professional  neoliberalism 
3 days ago
Secret Writer's Society, the best way to swear at children in 1998 | The Obscuritory
"Panasonic Interactive Media’s game Secret Writer’s Society was supposed to teach kids how to write well. Instead, it became infamous. The game had a text-to-speech feature that would read back what you wrote, and under the right circumstances in the Macintosh version of the game, it would read a list of obscenities instead."

It turns out that it really was a bug relating to Macromind Director and memory management.
games  history 
4 days ago
"a tiny window manager that I created as an exercise in minimalism. It is also maybe helpful in learning some of the very basics of creating a window manager. It is only around 50 lines of C. "
programming  x11  wm  unix  c 
4 days ago
Don’t believe the hype: the media are unwittingly selling us an AI fantasy | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian
"This research reveals why so many people seem oblivious to, or complacent about, the challenges that AI technology poses to fundamental rights and the rule of law. The tech industry narrative is explicitly designed to make sure that societies don’t twig this until it’s too late to do anything about it. (In the same way that it’s now too late to do anything about fake news.) The Oxford research suggests that the strategy is succeeding and that mainstream journalism is unwittingly aiding and abetting it.

Another plank in the industry’s strategy is to pretend that all the important issues about AI are about ethics and accordingly the companies have banded together to finance numerous initiatives to study ethical issues in the hope of earning brownie points from gullible politicians and potential regulators. This is what is known in rugby circles as “getting your retaliation in first” and the result is what can only be described as “ethics theatre”, much like the security theatre that goes on at airports."
journalism  from:guardian  ai  2019  technology 
4 days ago
New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics - Grayzone Project
The "Integrity Initiative". When they held their event in Seattle on 2018/12/10(!), it was with "Adventium Labs". Alexander Reid Ross was the speaker. The US "Global Engagement Center" assisted? And there's even some Seb Gorka links?
propaganda  politics  us  uk  2019 
5 days ago
Man accused of shooting down UN chief: ‘Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to…’ | World news | The Guardian
"It has also emerged that at least one US plane with powerful radio surveillance capacity was on the tarmac at Ndola that evening. Transcripts of any radio recordings America holds, from the Albertina or its attacker, could settle once and for all the questions about Hammarskjöld’s fate – and whether Van Risseghem had a role.

But while the US has admitted it has further evidence in classified files, it has so far declined to share it with the UN, despite repeated requests from the new commissioner."
history  from:guardian  un 
5 days ago
Four Cool URLs - Alex Pounds' Blog
- A URL points to a thing, but it can also be the thing itself.
- URLs can be for both human and machine consumption.
- URLs can be robust.
- URLs can be predictable.
- Let power users edit your URLs.
- Good URLs are descriptive. 
"URLs are designed for machines, but they should be designed for humans"
webdev  url  web  design  ui 
5 days ago
FOG Project
"A free open-source network computer cloning and management solution"
sysadmin  it  computers  software 
5 days ago
"a lightweight music DSP library for musicians and creative coders. It exists to bring beautiful sounds to your projects. The Soundpipe library is built up of over 100 (and counting!) high quality modules, many of which have been ported directly from the time-honored Csound synthesis language. "
programming  c  library  audio  synthesizer 
5 days ago
What happens when tipping waitstaff with a credit card/debit card? : answers
"It should show as "pending" w/o tip. As soon as it goes final, it should have the tip. If not, the owner is shorting their staff."
"Additionally, I would like to add this simple tidbit as well. When tipping with your card as opposed to tipping with cash the tip is subject to income taxes before the waiter or waitress receives the funds."
reddit  us  culture  finance  answer 
6 days ago
C+J Slep: An ActivityPub Philosophy
"I want to give an overview of a philosophy that I’ve adopted while working on ActivityPub. Succinctly: I view ActivityPub as a transport protocol that alone is not sufficient to build an application. It’s not meant to dictate what an application is, nor its domain’s behaviors, nor its domain’s side effects. There are two kinds of federating: transmitting data and dictating peer app behavior. ActivityPub is a minimalistic protocol governing the sharing of information and the most sparse set of side effects in order to allow federation (transmission) between peers. It doesn’t dictate federation (app behavior) between peers for all domains. Anything more than just sending and receiving information needs to be built on top of ActivityPub as an extension.[...] My simple proposed fantasy is: Why not build on top of ActivityPub to solve both of these problems?"
activitypub  webdev  fediverse 
6 days ago
André Staltz - An off-grid social network
"With Scuttlebutt, the social graph is the network architecture, with peer-to-peer infrastructure accurately matching peer-to-peer interactions. It makes communication and the spread of information highly resilient, bringing improvements to freedom of speech with modern information technologies. This peer-to-peer system has existed for more than two years and brought unique challenges and possibilities. For instance, unique usernames are impossible without a centralized username registry. On the other hand, this questions the need for a login system in the first place: why do you need to “enter” into the service? Scuttlebutt will not have a user registration flow, because such thing makes no sense in that world."
ssb  internet  networking  distributed  p2p 
6 days ago
Nyege Nyege Festival 2018 - Jinja, Uganda - YouTube
Noah Raford: "Yes, times are tough and will get tougher, but when the going gets tough, the tough start to party (to paraphrase good old Hunter S.). [...] If the future looks like Nyege Nyege, bring it on, baby! The worse it gets the funkier it will be. Let’s not forget that even woolly old Dark Mountain started as a festival and all the best house parties happen in squats. Unlike the US (where Bruce rightly points out that more people are above the age of 60 than below 25), the opposite is true in the places where the future is really happening. Half of the continent of Africa is under 16 and boy, are they going to want to party. There will still be rocket barons and space sheiks making grand plans, but for most of us, we either succumb to VR intoxicated self pity and prescription or rip off the headsets and join the bonfire. The future is going to be one big squat party. In times of sorrow, what else can we do but sing?"
video:youtube  music  inspiration  africa 
6 days ago
What 2018 Looked Like Fifty Years Ago | The New Yorker
"And that was the problem with 1968. People went ahead and built those things without worrying much about the consequences, because they figured that, by 2018, we’d have come up with all the answers. Toward 2019! "
technology  history  2019  from:newyorker 
6 days ago
LIA | Sedition | Digital Art for Sale
"The artist’s primary working material is code, which consists of LIA translating a concept into a formal written structure that then can be used to create a “machine” that generates real-time multimedia outputs. Since her concept is fluid - opposed to the formality of the written code that requires engineered precision - the translation process between machine and artist can be viewed like a conversation. The process is repeated until LIA is satisfied with the machine’s interpretation; at which point the generative framework, in which the artwork can develop, is considered finished."
@bruces notes that she's a code professor who actually makes a living off of it
art  generative  artist 
6 days ago
NationBuilder: Software for leaders
"a cross between a content management system and a customer relationship management (CRM) package, but that's because this membership management platform is geared more towards attracting people to engage with your cause rather than administering them as a group. The original focus of the firm's marketing efforts was towards non-profits and political campaigns, but they are now reaching out to musicians and artists as well as restaurants and anyone trying to generate an online following.
service  crm  cms  activism  tools  socialmedia 
6 days ago
CiviCRM | Open source constituent relationship management for non-profits, NGOs and advocacy organizations.
"It is specifically designed for the needs of non-profit, non-governmental, and advocacy groups, and serves as an association management system. CiviCRM is designed to manage information about an organization's donors, members, event registrants, subscribers, grant application seekers and funders, and case contacts. Volunteers, activists, voters as well as more general sorts of business contacts such as employees, clients, or vendors can be managed using CiviCRM."
software  tools  crm  activism 
6 days ago
Global DNS Hijacking Campaign: DNS Record Manipulation at Scale « Global DNS Hijacking Campaign: DNS Record Manipulation at Scale | FireEye Inc
Note use of Lets Encrypt to get a trusted cert after the attacker has control over an NS or A record. Also use of DNS redirectors.
(Not sure I buy their ID of the attacker though)
2019  dns  security 
6 days ago
antifuchs@lobsters: Even from a roleplaying perspective, this is a hilarious playthrough: they picked a tourist character who started hallucinating (to have easier access to a RNG reroll) - before that, they ran into a bunch of walls, so it’s basically a extremely drugged person in a hawaii shirt stumbling through the dungeon, oneshotting a bunch of monsters and taking the powerful amulet.
speedruns  nethack  games 
6 days ago
Army wargames shape the future of urban warfare | Article | The United States Army
Of course the next battlegrounds should be the cities. Of course unmanned weapons should be used. Of course this is raising some grim questions on exactly which cities.
grim_meathook_future  cities  military  2019 
6 days ago
Isekai Transporter (Read left to right) - Album on Imgur
@topherflorence: ideal isekai anime would be about a guy who has a quota of teens to run over in his car to replenish the low population growth of the fantasy world
comics  imgur  humor  comic 
6 days ago
Surely You’re a Creep, Mr. Feynman | Leila McNeill
"Just for starters, this means abandoning the myth that the science can be separated from the scientist. [...] The conversation about separating the person from the practice has been slower to surface in science than it has in the literary, film, journalism, and art worlds. It might seem that there is less distance between an artist and the thing they create than for their counterparts in the sciences because art is often positioned as subjective and abstract. This typical framing disconnects science from the rest of the world, allowing it to be perceived as a disembodied conduit for unadulterated knowledge. But science isn’t just a body of knowledge; it’s an institution and a culture with material connections to a lived-in world. Its practitioners are makers of and participants in that institution and culture. [...] With more and more revelations of sexual abuse coming from all corners of the culture industry, separating the art from the artist is becoming increasingly untenable and indefensible. "
science  culture  history  abuse  from:baffler 
6 days ago
"a simple markup syntax for writing, editing and sharing screenplays in plain, human-readable text."
based on markdown, "Fountain supports everything a screenwriter is likely to need in the early, creative phases of writing. Not included are production features such as MOREs, CONTINUEDs, revision marks, locked pages, or colored pages."
"not even really a file format. It's a simple set of straightforward rules for writing a screenplay in plain text. "
writing  tools  software  format  markdown  filmmaking 
7 days ago
Final Draft screenwriting software
the Industry Standard(tm)? Uses the FDX file format.
writing  tools  filmmaking  software 
7 days ago
LitePub protocol suite
"a suite of protocols which provide a federated social network. They constitute various profiles of the ActivityPub specification. It is intended that LitePub implementations provide compatibility with ActivityPub, but there are some core behavioral differences."
kaniini: "meant to be a workspace for people actually implementing ActivityPub stacks so that they could get documentation and support for using ActivityPub without JSON-LD, or using JSON-LD in a safe way. To date, the LitePub community is one of the best resources for asking questions about ActivityPub and getting real answers that can be used in production today. "
activitypub  socialmedia  webdev  reference 
7 days ago
ActivityPub: the present state, or why saving the 'worse is better' virus is both possible and important — kaniini's blog!
Noting that W3C Social CG has been pushing AP, but there were always longstanding holes/weird behavior since it was derived from
"In some ways, I argue that W3C's perceived disinterest in Social Web technologies other than SOLID largely has to do with fediverse projects having a very luke warm response to JSON-LD and LDS.

The good news is that there have been some initial conversations between a few projects on what a working group to build the next generation of ActivityPub would look like, how it would be managed, and how it would be funded. We will be having more of these conversations over the next few months."

But do note some counterpoints at:
activitypub  2019  webdev  socialmedia 
7 days ago
Driverless Hotel Rooms: The End of Uber, Airbnb and Human Landlords
This is an interesting story hook, and a complete nightmare in real life.
(Do note the point about most car companies being real-life AI paperclip maximizers)
futurism  cities  cars  2019 
7 days ago
KaiOS - Wikipedia
A fork of B2G, which was itself a fork of FirefoxOS. Meant to go with the India-based JioPhone: "merging the power of a smartphone with the affordability of a feature phone"
pmz  wikipedia  os  linux  mobile 
7 days ago
ProFont for Windows, for Macintosh, for Linux
"a monospaced font created to be a most readable font for programming. Thus, it has slashed zeros; distinct forms of I, l and 1; and it is designed to look good a really small sizes so you can cram lots of lines of code into the window of your editor. The original ProFont version was made for the classic Mac OS and contained bitmapped shapes at 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 18 and 24 points. Using this sizes with anti-aliasing turned off, you get a clean and crisp programming font. The TrueType versions for Windows contain outline shapes only so they might not look as great as the bitmap version, but still are quite nice nonetheless."
fonts  programming 
7 days ago
Spleen - Monospaced bitmap fonts -
"It reminds me a lot of Terminus, except that it uses a more balanced mix of sharp and curved corners, for more sci-fi feel, where Terminus just makes everything a 45° bevel.

They’re both definitely in the camp of ‘geometric shapes stretched to fit 8×16 character cells’ though, as opposed to the more natural shapes of Sudo, Monoid or the classic -*-lucidatypewriter-medium-r-*-*-12-*-75-75-*-*-iso10646-1"
fonts  free 
7 days ago
Fact Check: Immigrant Business Owners Being Gentrified Out of SeaTac Are, Indeed, Paying Their Taxes - Slog - The Stranger
"Someone is spreading misinformation that 44 out of 50 business owners in the SeaTac Market—a majority of whom are East African Muslim immigrants—are not "reporting their taxes." To support their point, "jellybeanjen," who has been described to me as a "longtime resident of SeaTac," posted a link to a homespun spreadsheet showing a list of businesses in the SeaTac market, which features a column indicating whether those businesses have reported taxes to the state"

It's bunk.
seattle  from:thestranger  2019 
8 days ago
Facebook is the new crapware | TechCrunch
need to confirm, but it looks 3rd-party Android is in the future for those who care. Not sure who else besides Facebook
facebook  android  privacy  2019 
8 days ago
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