Thinking about tomorrow's threats against human rights and Internet Freedom. Frustrated Optimist, gardener, salsa dancer, cook, husband, dad, embarrassed Texan. Toots are my own. he/they
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Lesson: encrypt your USBs, encrypt your devices.
The absolutely infuriating thing about Tumblr potentially starting to silently sell off your posts unless you affirmatively check a deeply-hidden opt-out box you can only find out about through word of mouth is, if I bring up my own Tumblr and try to scroll back more than a few posts, it stops me literally saying "Stop: Classified". So I don't get access to my posts, but OpenAI does.
Nobody uses imagemaps anymore. The mid 90s web was absolutely lousy with imagemaps. These days? Nothing!
2024 self care discoveries: I should probably work on my anger management w/r/t people who format headers in documents with bold/ital/font size instead of the actual heading 1-6 options.
Ugh. UTexas is planning to raze a historic building (first integrated school in the area), which now houses the School of Social Work - to make more space for the football team to practice: https://www.savethepastforthefuture.com/general-4-1
I'm in my happiest and angriest place when I'm reformatting a document and roll out some heading 6 levels.
I’ve been moderating/admining on the fedi for close to 7 years and I’ve never seen fedispammers like we’ve been seeing the past few weeks.
saw that a textbook I need was meant to be freely accessible online, but!
the URL is broken bc the university broke it after the faculty member left, so!
poked around and found the archive on wayback, but they were mostly archives of 404s, but!
found a ruby gem to pull down the archive, but!
oh ruby gems plug is broken, so!
reinstalling ruby, but!
oh huh weird clang problem, AND
AHAHAH XCODE IS BROKEN AFTER MANDATORY OS UPDATE GOTTA REINSTALL DEV TOOLS
~~ the [computers] are a lie ~~
Super mad at Apple again tonight as I realize that you cannot have the Music app without Radio, the TV app without trailers for TV+, the or the Podcasts app without an un-hideable screen full of hideous murder-related content or the app store without exploitative IAP gambling-for-kids garbage. I can lock down a device so that a child can't listen to songs with the F-word in them but there is no way to say DO NOT SHOW THEM ENCOURAGEMENTS TO GAMBLING ADDICTION.
Look, the internet of things is generally utter garbage. But I have a product idea which I know I could sell a million of. It's just a smoke alarm, but you get a push notification telling you to replace the batteries a whole week before it starts beeping at 4am.
i miss when the internet was newgrounds, homestar runner, albino blacksheep, joecartoon and trillian.
OK fedi, I want to make sure I'm not missing things—please point me to the best arguments on how decentralizing/federating content moderation + other safety work improves outcomes for humans in a world where fedi scales up fast over the next year, compared to centralized networks.
(For adversarial stuff incl spam, CSAM, coordinated inauthentic account networks/influence campaigns, hate speech, semi-pro trolling, professional and non-professional disinfo, covert adversarial instances, etc.)
I'd like to apologize to the nice people seeking my advice about writing digital privacy and security guides for vulnerable populations. All of that yelling is just PTSD and I probably shouldn't swear so much.