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Site etiquette indicates my first toot should be by way of an introduction. Seldom comfortable tooting my own horn (pun intended)* I'll keep this brief(ish).

I am a philosopher and historian based in Sydney and currently a doctoral candidate at the Business School; researching Edmund and his implications for executive leadership.

I chose to undertake my study in a business school, grubby though commercial ends may seem to elevated minds, because Burke was an intensely practical thinker. As he noted:

'‘The End of learning is not knowledge but virtue; as the End of all speculation should be practice of one sort or another… [for] Knowledge is the Culture** of the mind; and he who rested there, would be just as wise as he who should plough his field without any intention of sowing or reaping.'***

In this context, it seems fitting to attempt to apply Burkean research to practical ends.

I am also a passionate advocate for technology reform, which drew me to Mastodon, as I do not think unrestricted access to an individual's data is necessary for the provision of services. , , , , and co. are all demonstrating that FAANG methods are not the only viable way of providing digital connections.

N.B.:
*Thinking intended puns, I am always reminded of the joke about a man who entered a local newspaper's pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.

**Culture in the original sense of ploughing for sowing later.

***Burke, A Note-Book of Edmund Burke, 82-83.

In this week’s threat spectrum, there are articles about the collection and (ab)use of biometric data.

aspistrategist.org.au/the-thre

If anyone has server expertise... I am flirting with getting my own Mastodon instance running. The build went well (after much trial and error), but I have hit a blocker at the final step with a nginx error. Have read countless documentation pages, but all they can suggest for a solution is ‘it depends.’

A moments guidance would be appreciated.

discourse.joinmastodon.org/t/5

A myth has been made: a tale of wolves on Wall St; a pack of principled amateurs biting the legs of greedy financial giants and bringing them down. But almost everything you think you know about wallstreetbets, GameStop and Robin Hood is wrong.

tortoisemedia.com/audio/fairy-

A comprehensive presentation by Ben Evans on ‘The Great Unbundling.’

It’s a big deck of slides, but well worth the time to go through the numbers around Covid, digital advertising, China, industry regulation and what changes may be in store for the tech industry as it enters its second 50 year cycle.

ben-evans.com/presentations

Ahh... the arrogance of de Gaulle never ceases to surprise me...

“Who was that transistor salesman.”

Charles de Gaulle after meeting Hayato Ikeda, Prime Minister of Japan in 1962.

A stimulating and detailed analysis of privacy on the Apple App Store.

Although the offenders in the list of top 25 apps that collect and link data to the user for non-app functionality purposes comes as no surprise; the scope and scale still amazes me...

hugotunius.se/2021/01/03/an-an

Some interesting ongoing work by Mozilla on cross-site tracking. It is this sort of focus that keeps me using Firefox...

blog.mozilla.org/security/2021

It is hard to saw how the Navalny led opposition will end. Sadly, there is no inevitable march of history from despotism to democracy. Freedom is hard won and even harder kept.

But what is clear, is that be it a totalitarian state or paranoid elected government, ‘more repression on the streets, more investment in sophisticated surveillance technology and tighter controls over the information sphere’ remain the tools of repression.

aspistrategist.org.au/the-futu

When you don't need to "maximize shareholder value", you can make "financially irresponsible" decisions like these just because it feels like the right thing to do.

We're donating 5% of our revenue starting last month. That's $842 in January alone!

We will take some time at some point this year to decide the environmental causes and open source projects we will donate to.

plausible.io/giving-back

Great piece of historical perspective taking by Niall Ferguson looking at short squeezes from John Law to GameStop.

bloomberg.com/opinion/articles

A panegyric on the benefits of cold showers.

‘Like all human beings, I have days when I’d prefer to lie on a couch and eat Maltesers. I may not give in to the urge, but I do, or rather did, find a dozen ways to delay and faff... I could have faffed for England. Then I started the cold shower experiment.’

My own experiences with them also suggest they reduce the amount of faff in one’s life...

spectator.co.uk/article/the-po

Imagine the scene: you wake up on a Sunday morning* and roll over to check your messages.

Your bulging and otherwise boring inbox shows a glimmer of light in the form of 💥Thought Shrapnel Weekly.

Tentatively pressing to open it, you discover a cornucopia of interesting links.

All of this is possible by visiting: thoughtshrapnel.com/weekly

*timezone-specific imagining required

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