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@wendynather Didn't he do some of the telescope control in FORTH?
The Mel story reminds me of when one of my CS professors talked with reverence about how Alan Turing wrote self-modifying assembly language and I thought, "isn't that how it's done when your processor sucks?" I had been writing self-modifying code for the Apple II for 5 years at that point.

President Biden cites facts that white supremacy terror is America’s greatest domestic security threat—and MAGAs lose their minds.

Here’s the thing.

I’m Muslim. I don’t feel attacked when people condemn the Taliban because Taliban do not represent Muslims and I proudly take the lead in condemning Taliban terrorism.

If you’re MAGA white and feel personally attacked when Biden condemns white supremacy terror—you are absolutely telling on yourself.

TFW the criticisms of your work come from those unwilling, or incapable, or performing the work themselves.

Happy Misanthropic Monday

@renice I fee like all the web3 folks should really fucking answer for their crimes.

I'm like...pressed on my desire for restorative justice here.

It really burns me that people are hyping and using ChatGPT and the like not understanding that "hallucinations" are not bugs, but that they only work by hallucinating: They are a model of 'what should the next word be to make something that "looks correct"' rather than "is correct", and no amount of patching is going to cause a hallucination machine to switch from "looks" to "is".

And those BEHIND the tools either know or should know this, but simply chose to ignore it.

“A man will beg,
A man will crawl,
On the sheer face of love,
Like a fly on a wall.
It’s no secret at all.”
— U2, The Fly

And this was bubbling around inside me this week, and the gas hadda go somewhere, and then I had a big brain-fart:

I don't have to simplify by using the JDK and straight JUnit and code that throws exceptions.

FFFS, I'm a professional programmer.

Code up an environment -- still java -- where all of that nasty detail-oriented irrelevant crap is wrapped and controlled in simple straightforward API.

Make a library, ya idjit!


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Aight, I wrote a long meandering thread the other day, got halfway through it, then crapped out, promising to pick it up later.

On re-examining that original, it's a little too scattershot and free-associative to try to rescue, so I'm actually gonna start over here, and go simpler and faster and straighter.

"(W)hat we are witnessing is the wealthiest companies in history (Microsoft, Apple, Google, Meta, Amazon …) unilaterally seizing the sum total of human knowledge that exists in digital, scrapable form and walling it off inside proprietary products, many of which will take direct aim at the humans whose lifetime of labor trained the machines without giving permission or consent."

“Body language is an important part of communication” is a popular belief people hold. They’ll use it to justify in-person work and “cameras on.”

This belief, like many others about “professionalism,” ignores whole groups of people, including neurodivergent folks.

I wish folks who fight for Creative Commons/against copyright maximalism fight as hard for the wages of artists here and now, whether against streaming payouts for musicians or for-profit generators taking the output of writers and illustrators and using it to replace them. Not in the "oh, if only you'd listened to us and replaced the entire economic system in a way which would totally have fixed this, 100% guaranteed we promise", but in the practical here and now.

Folks who don't do this don't really come off like they're in favor of artists, just that they like free shit.

I wouldn’t have guessed that DMs would be the catalyst for refugees to lose faith in .

To be fair, I did expect the unfriendliness of pre-existing communities to be the actual reason, and I’m not wrong on the meta observation.

A large chunk of the intersection of Black + queer + tech communities from Twitter have already given up on the Fediverse, due to the entrenched baditudes here.

Every time I see reports of Russia designing their own fundamental tech I think of how US agencies have to be licking their chops. They'll have far fewer legal restrictions about what they can hit; their targets will have so many fresh vulnerabilities and there will be no obligation to disclose.

is the Howard Hughes of our age. In 50 years, Musk will be as relevant to young adults as Hughes is today.

In other words, irrelevant, except as a cautionary tale about power gone mad.

This silly argument usually comes from people who look like me, and who think that the loudest voice wins any argument. They’re the ones stinking up every team meeting with their objectively noxious opinions.

Which is precisely why they promote this “marketplace of ideas”. It is to their advantage, as they are the screamers.

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The “beat them at ideas” sentiment is based on objectively false assumptions, such as:

1. The truest/best idea will be the most popular. History tells us that myths spread faster than truth, and that truth is violently rejected at first. (germ theory)

2. The minds capable of imagining the truest/best ideas are also great & witty debaters. Quite the opposite, many such minds are neurodivergent, or introverted, and have a hard time communicating big ideas to “typical” peers.

I meant to be finishing a post about books I'm reading but I got distracted and wrote ~2500 words about Mastodon and Bluesky and the related things (welcoming design, insular culture) I've been stewing on for a few months

And also about vegetarian meat substitutes in the 1980s, which were *really something*

Dear random giving me a cold stare for wearing a mask, at a West Virginia travel stop:

1 in 5 infections lead to permanent . I’m not OK with those odds, for me, or my family.

However, I think we can both agree that we find those odds quite acceptable for you. 😘

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