Pinned toot

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.

*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.

“Trials on Smola, an island off the coast of Norway, found that bird deaths fell by 72 per cent after a blade on each of four turbines was painted black, compared with four neighbouring turbines that remained all white.”

“Here is why the privacy issue is so hard to pin down: most actions that end up causing privacy violations happen ‘in the dark’ and without us realising their long-term effect.”

“As currently worded, the bill could frustrate rational debate and discussion which has a fundamental role in society... The right to critique ideas, philosophical, religious... must be protected to allow an artistic and democratic society to flourish.”

Day 100 of and I have completed the challenge! Loved the ride, but looking forward to the next chapter of Muse & Reason.

My thanks to @kev for initiating the challenge. A great project and one I can commend to anyone wanting to improve their writing.

New Blog Post: How to Not Make an Ass of Yourself in Online Discussions

"Here are three rules to not making an ass of yourself when having online or in-person discussions."


Last week I wrote about #OliviadeHavilland, the last star of "Gone with the Wind" (1939).

The really important thing you should know is that one of key #legal cases of #cinema history is named after her.

De Havilland Law is a precedent of 1943 that allows actors to star in films of another film company, even if their contract with current company forbid it. Olivia's legal struggles have given other actors more freedom.

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#history #law

Is privilege a driver of #privacy invasion? We think so.

With that said, desperation can be a factor. Not everyone that invades our privacy is doing so maliciously. Sometimes, their business is struggling to survive, and the idea that "we can stay afloat" if we learn everything about our customers seems like a no-brainer.

Marketeers tout this as the only way to win, and those desperate to stay in business fall prey to that philosophy.

It's as much on "us" to create new & ethical ways to win.

Day #096 of and I reflect on a new piece to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Twitter is uniquely poised to lead on interoperability and federation; though they are very large, they are dwarfed by their major competitors, Facebook and Wechat. What's more, Twitter was initially built for federation, with wide, generous APIs that facilitated interop.


Day #093 of and I muse on life under lock down and when Victorians may be late abroad again.

Free licenses actually can't make software completely free. Software can be protected not only by copyright, but also by trademarks, design rights and patents.
The perfect illustration is Tinder. Let me just show you IP protection of Tinder in US.


#IP #intellectualproperty #copyright #trademark #patent #design #designpatent #Tinder #FOSS #freesoftware

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Robert Winter :popos:'s choices:

Qoto Mastodon

QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves. A STEM-oriented instance.

No hate, No censorship. Be kind, be respectful

We federate with all servers: we don't block any servers.