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use technical solutions to social problems at your own peril

Auch in 2021:
Die Selbsthilfegruppe "UTF-8-Probleme" trifft sich am Donnerstag in Raum Gr�¼n.

Interesting thread about the current ecological impact of proof-of-work cryptocurrencies, but more importantly, the value system they are built upon.

i hope people understand that the ecological cost of crypto is not an ‘unfortunate side effect’ but is instead the very means by which it claims value at all

Reminder that machine learning algorithms do not make novel or accurate predictions about the true state of the world. They simply reflect back the pre-existing biases of whatever data sets are fed into them.

_GPT-3 is the world’s most powerful bigotry generator._

> “ OpenAI and the machine learning community at large are heavily invested in combating bias – but there’s currently no paradigm by which entrenched bias in a system like GPT-3 can be removed or compensated for. Its potential for harm is limited only by how much access humans with harmful ideologies have to it.”


_jetzt_ nach ca. einem jahr fällt dann auf dass die stoffmasken nicht helfen sollen und man sackteure ffp2 masken kaufen soll?

aber hauptsache zu weihnachten fahren alle quer durchs land.

am arsch ey.

hey just saying

when you put on the hev suit in hl1 and the music starts playing


Corporations: Please flush toilet only once a week to save water

Also corporations: Let's send this beef to China on a big boat so some slave labour can wrap it up and ship it back on another big boat

"Telling a programmer there's already a library to do X is like telling a songwriter there's already a song about love"

-- Pete Cordell

@bonifartius @matrix I've gotten my whole family onboard with a custom home server no issues. They regularly install browser add on viruses... They don't get computers. But they figured out element just fine. More FUD to push people to the centralized spying services of telegram and Signal

while i'm really happy that people want matrix to succeed, this is a thread full of bad ideas.

> element is too hard

no it isn't, my mother could use it without much introduction. stop making good tools dumber because you want lazy people to use them. if someone can't be bothered with 15 minutes of clicking around in an interface, they can stay at whatsapp, thanks. i'm done with giving up my sanity for the sake of people who act if everything has to come free to them.

> homeserver hosting is too hard

if installing an additional debian package and replacing some values in a default config is "too hard", it's better that you don't touch any server anyway. it just would end up in the next botnet. there is a reason why people are trained for system administration (or put in decades of self-teaching). stop devaluing the jobs and knowledge of those people by trying to build shitty "easy" solutions. there are no easy solutions for complicated problems.


just stop.


Just to put this into perspective:

The average value of a Bitcoin transaction is currently $119 and requires energy worth roughly $100 (the world average price is $0.14 per kWh).


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@galaxis if everyone had just listened to jwz about XScreenSaver this wouldn't have happened

the moment you realize the spare µSD card used for your RPi experiments was class 2 😁

With each new #Facebook scandal like the recent WhatsApp-related one, the #Fediverse welcomes a wave of new users and admins. #Friendica gets its tiny share of the newly converted to decentralized social media. Some stick, most don't, but there's always this one guy (it's always a man) whose first few messages on GitHub are to angrily complain that Friendica isn't user-friendly enough and that it is spelling doom for a project they didn't know the day before and for the #Fediverse as a whole.

This has been going on ever since I joined the project in 2016, and we're still here. 🤷‍♂️
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