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Hello I'm Sparkins and this is my / to the fediverse!

I'm currently learning to program, just working through HTDP and then SICP

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Amazon Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen: one in 10 US police departments can now access videos from millions of Ring cameras without a warrant:

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Why is leaving the Google and Apple mobile ecosystem a thing?

Because, even if you opt out of whatever the OS offers, you are still leaking data to them at an unacceptable rate.

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Apple only cares about privacy when it is profitable.

Just remember buying their products supports giving personal data to authoritarians with a penchant for genocide.

"Apple has largely ceded control to the Chinese government"

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Yeah, I'm giving up on this CMakeLists thing. I've been trying to work on this since 3PM today (currently 9:38PM, so more than 4.5 hours, accounting for my workout session). I've tried reviewing the existing CMakeLists.txt file, I've tried reviewing the online tutorial at the CMake website, I've tried looking at the plurality of CMake projects targeting (e.g.) Arduino on GitHub, ... NOTHING HELPS. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

If my inability to get this working means I get fired, then let that stand in the public record as to how fucking god-awful difficult it is to get even the most basic of tasks done with it.

CMake is utterly impenetrable. I just don't get how anyone can do anything with it.

And regarding getting your deposit back in the UK:

Move into a place with some defect (broken tile in kitchen) -> moving out get charged £700 as whole kitchen floor needs to be redone and get blamed for broken tile ->Go back to the moving inventory with pictures to show the pictures of when I moved in -> agency refuses to give deposit back -> file complaint with deposit agency -> get back £100 out of my £700 deposit for "excessive damage" to some tile that was already broken when I moved in........

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Finally find a place I can afford to pay for a year then you get into this shit:

Me: okay, so we'll need you to send us the key by mail.

Agency: we can't do that since we need to do a right to rent check (in person) before we give you the keys.

Me: sends links from government website showing that you *can* do right to rent checks online, for free using the own government website.

Agency: we'll still need you to come in person to collect the keys.

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I fucking hate landlords/letting agencies. I haven't had a single positive/neutral experience in this fucking country when renting a place.

The renting system is already broken in the in which you are almost guaranteed to lose part of your deposit but as an it's about 10x worse. You have two options, either pay 6-12 months upfront or have a **UK-based** guarantor that will pay in case you don't. So as immigrants we are basically forced to pay a whole year in advance... so f-ing .

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It apparently may come as a surprise to some, but not all of us are well versed and/or living in Western culture/countries here. We inevitably (have to) learn and know a lot about it just to be able to participate here or on the rest of the Internet platforms (and I do not resent that as the more one knows the better), but it's unfair to expect (near-)perfect knowledge of it all. We have overlapping but different troubles, structures of power, and political/religious/ethnoracial/sex&gender issues where we live and as who we are, and may not be aware and/or capable of noticing every detail, telltale sign, linguistic pattern, 'dogwhistle', etc. that's trivial to pick out for you. Please be careful as to not reifying the global west / global east power dynamic here, whether inadvertently or not. It's deeply unwelcoming to be called names just because one lacks native-level familiarity with the dominant, explicitly (and at times, 'excludingly') Western culture of fediverse.

P.S: this subtoot is not an apologia for or a justification of the cowardly people that bring forward their non-westernness or non-western descent when they are caught acting harmfully and/or in bad faith.

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Here is your periodic reminder that no one on their death bed ever said "I wish I would've spent more time at the office."

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As a researcher, what are some things that you find annoying when searching the scientific literature? What could be improved?

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We like illusions because they create a deeply subjective sense of incongruity. That is, they "break" our brains. In my last post, the circles appear to be moving, but they also appear stationary, which creates a feeling that can only be described as "Whoa..."

The psychologist Steven Pinker shares illusions on Twitter because of what they reveal about our brains. For example, we read in textbooks that the human brain is not a naive observer of the world but actively constructs what it observes.

Changing a battery and other components is NOT hard... Together we can shift societal norms away from fast moving consumerism that hurts the planet.

Laptop's age-> 5+ yrs

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A new feature by Andy Greenberg for Wired on the bizarre fight over diagnostic/control tools for McDonald's soft-serve machines is a fantastic, fascinating look at the intersection of Right to Repair with hardware hacking, corporatism, and franchising.

McDonald's ice-cream machines are notoriously finicky, so much so that people use bots to determine whether your local McD's machines are busted (5-16% of the machines are broken at any time)


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I encourage everyone to chip in on this crowd fund campaign. Louis Rossman, well-known Right to Repair lobbyist wants to get laws passed in his country USA for Right to Repair.

This will greatly benefit projects like coreboot and riscv-related projects.

Right to repair means: access to schematics, boardviews and other such info necessary for repair. Presently, hardware/logic info is highly restrictive. This law would be a huge legal precedent for future rights.

The Computer Chronicles (1993)

it's crazy how little people knew about computers back then compared to now. I'm stunned. Also, screw this guy, he keeps talking over people.

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👋 If anyone is looking for mid-senior Software Engineer positions, pls get in touch. We have some exciting new projects starting! Boosts appreciated.
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ℹ️ Can be #remote but need the right to work in the UK

@freemo do you have any advice for learning how to make a successful trading bot?

If I recall correctly you tooted about your trading strategy a while back but a lot of it went over my head such as the stuff on quantum wavelet transform.

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