mozilla layoffs 

Survivership bias in a nutshell (from Wikipedia): 

@paulox Thanks for your brief blog post on upgrading from Postgres 10 to Postgres 11 on Ubuntu. It was on point and very helpful.

@freemo is there a way to delete/remove past Mastodon activity in bulk? (Like if I wanted to remove all of my toots and boosts that are older than x weeks, for example?)

Would that be an appropriate use of a bot here? I’m sure there are various scripts people have written to do that, but I wondered if it were baked in somewhere, and I’ve just missed it.


Brain Dump cw: length 

Here's a fantastic article on how eScooters could positively impact our transportation infrastructure:

@dvn @xj9 @alcinnz The focus on turning the browser into an application renderer has shifted focus away from conversations about things like proper semantic documents, etc.

There's still so much out there that could be improved on HTML documents.

For example the HTML -> Print pipeline is mess. There's all different types of messy tooling to convert HTML a PDF and then to Print. We should be able to have tex-like reproducible styling for our HTML documents.

(or for that matter e-readers! We should've never needed to create new formats for displaying text on an e-reader. HTML should've been more than capable!)

I see lots of people arguing that microsoft's open source efforts are in good faith.

I don't believe that is possible, and I won't believe that is possible until microsoft releases critical components of their software under the (a)gpl version 3 or later.

Microsoft spent years operating under a model of Embrace Extend Extinguish, and we have no reason to believe that they have changed.

Microsoft is your enemy. The fact that they are embracing a thing you love should terrify you.

It’s 2019. Can we all now please stop saying “climate change” and instead call it what it is: climate breakdown, climate crisis, climate emergency, ecological breakdown, ecological crisis and ecological emergency?
#ClimateBreakdown #EcologicalBreakdown

"Our system – characterised by perpetual economic growth on a planet that is not growing – will inevitably implode."

I suppose I should be posting here more. I'll have more time when my class ends in a month.

However, so much of where I focus my attention on social media involves my local community that I simply don't have as much to post here, at least for the time being.

I hope soon to be doing more writing on technical internet-related topics (making accessible to non-technical people), and I'll likely be sharing stuff related to that work here.

I feel like this could help inform an approach to dealing with some of the dangers of big tech companies.

Maybe replace "consumers" with "citizens?"

And there's definitely something to be said for the idea that not everything a consumer wants to do should be allowed.

Did the qoto admins block a domain or kick a user off the instance? Our federated feed is significantly less filled with crap than it was a few weeks ago.

Brief flash of insight.

I've been reading Network Propaganda by Yochai Benkler et al. They describe a media that operates with a "reality check dynamic:" there's a balance between information that confirms our beliefs (comfortable) and information that counters our beliefs (uncomfortable).

Those who can't handle intellectual discomfort are more vulnerable to propaganda. Maybe we need to make "information stoicism" more of a habit.

I got all excited to be horrified and indignant when I read the headline.

But apparently I'd turned off that "feature" long ago.

there is a huge difference between wanting your phone to use location services and wanting the phone to keep a database around that tracks when you were where

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