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There's a shop that only sells rubber ducks here in Amsterdam

is polluting humanity. Knowing less about people helps preventing biases during !
nytimes.com/2021/11/01/opinion

But another question we should ask is: How can we (teach people to) apply the in-person social manners onto the (any platform where users are identified or anonymous)? If so, we can then truly achieve seemless communication across different mediums, because right now, discussing in real life and discussing online are still quite different from each other.

Reminder that Web sites are federated by default. They only become un-federated when the decision is made to turn them into walled gardens.

The is starting to self-adjust towards a sustainable level for the without any passive inhumane actions. That's a step forward for the humanity, as we are no longer pushed to think humans as disposable resources, thereby having a serious shot in improving life quality for all, while not further burdening the planet. Still, overconsumption - and overproduction - will be much harder to regulate without "damaging" the economy in the short term.

thewalrus.ca/the-ugly-history-

We're obsessed in Us vs. Them, but what if there is no "them"?
thewalrus.ca/why-we-need-a-goo

During crises, we like to put the blame on those opposite to our side - the "evil" - so that we may convince ourselves that we are the impeccable "good," thus disclaiming all responsibility.

I agree that humanity should move on from such simple yet foolish thinking. Only when we accept the responsibility will we come up with the solutions.

We love free software. With much thanks to the talented @SachaChua for illustrating the reasons. sachachua.com/blog/

While the internet peeks deep into people's lives, some university counsellors don't even bother to know about those seeking help.
thewalrus.ca/inside-the-mental (Viewer discretion is advised)

If we cannot trust the professionals, who can we trust?

Each person should not be treated as a burden: easy access to resources, sustained human-centered communication, as well as early prevention, is key to provide appropriate help and lead people off the dangerous path of self-medication.

Anyone have any tips that helped successfully convince friends/family to delete their Facebook account? I can barely get friends/family to not think I'm crazy for not having a Facebook account.

#askfedi #deletefacebook

Watched Free Guy. Takeaway: Those with technical skills hold the key to reform technologies. Now I can only hope there is a more technical whistleblower standing up to Fa... oh wait, / .

Also I certainly do not hope that humans become NPCs and have to acquire actual feelings the hard way after enduring a bland repeating routine, in real life or in a literal metaverse (coincidence?).

On a positive note, enjoy your halloween!

Apparently attracts some people because of all the violence and blood and whatnot. Are they any different than the VIPs spectating the contestants fighting each other to death for money?

Our is sacred. It enables us to imagine. Imagination leads to ideas. As people exchange and improve ideas, solutions are born. Solutions make a better world.

Certain already took self-control away from many, reducing meaningful exchange of our ideas. Now, seeks to quash the sanctility of our minds by allowing corporations to freely manipulate our imagination.

Take back our mind before it is too late. There will be no better world for us if we cannot imagine one!

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as , is in fact, Meta/Facebook, or as I've recently taken to calling it, plus Facebook. Facebook is not a platform unto itself, but rather another horrible component of a fully functioning made useful by massive data collection, mental health destruction and vital shameless lies comprising a full alternative reality as defined by the billionaires who destroy the real world.

linux game bug report copy pasta 

38% of my bug reports come from the Linux community
My game - ΔV: Rings of Saturn (shameless plug) - is out in Early Access for two years now, and as you can expect, there are bugs. But I did find that a disproportionally big amount of these bugs was reported by players using Linux to play. I started to investigate, and my findings did surprise me.

Let’s talk numbers.
Percentages are easy to talk about, but when I read just them, I always wonder - what is the sample size? Is it small enough for the percentage to be just noise? As of today, I sold a little over 12,000 units of ΔV in total. 700 of these units were bought by Linux players. That’s 5.8%. I got 1040 bug reports in total, out of which roughly 400 are made by Linux players. That’s one report per 11.5 users on average, and one report per 1.75 Linux players. That’s right, an average Linux player will get you 650% more bug reports.

A lot of extra work for just 5.8% of extra units, right?

Wrong. Bugs exist whenever you know about them, or not.
Do you know how many of these 400 bug reports were actually platform-specific? 3. Literally only 3 things were problems that came out just on Linux. The rest of them were affecting everyone - the thing is, the Linux community is exceptionally well trained in reporting bugs. That is just the open-source way. This 5.8% of players found 38% of all the bugs that affected everyone. Just like having your own 700-person strong QA team. That was not 38% extra work for me, that was just free QA!

But that’s not all. The report quality is stellar.
I mean we have all seen bug reports like: “it crashes for me after a few hours”. Do you know what a developer can do with such a report? Feel sorry at best. You can’t really fix any bug unless you can replicate it, see it with your own eyes, peek inside and finally see that it’s fixed.

And with bug reports from Linux players is just something else. You get all the software/os versions, all the logs, you get core dumps and you get replication steps. Sometimes I got with the player over discord and we quickly iterated a few versions with progressive fixes to isolate the problem. You just don’t get that kind of engagement from anyone else.

Worth it?
Oh, yes - at least for me. Not for the extra sales - although it’s nice. It’s worth it to get the massive feedback boost and free, hundred-people strong QA team on your side. An invaluable asset for an independent game studio.

The whole "illegally decoding HTML" deal, while hilarious, gives us two important lessons:

1. Look into what you're running in your browser! Inspect the source code, report security vulnerabilities (like leaking SSN), and block excessive/malicious scripts/pixels (uBlock Origin does a good job)!
2. Recall the teenager in Nova Scotia charged for hacking (later dropped) due to downloading PDFs with personal info that were *accidentally* released to the public... Can govs do better?!

So I've been learning about algorithmic injustice, and someone raised this excellent point: Objectivity is essential in science, but can it be applied to everything?

We strive to eliminate biases in everything and believe AI can be impartial, not knowing that real world training data contains different perspectives. Rather than waging war against these biases, we should recognize them and act accordingly. This means that we should not take AI predictions as granted, but as a stepping stone.

When teenagers don't have others whom they can entrust with their , they're up to manipulation.
nytimes.com/2021/10/22/technol

or word-of-the-mouth is not a doctor, yet people (of all ages!) go there for "help". In Chinese we call it 饮鸩止渴: drinking poison (m/disinformation, feel-bad content...) to quench thirst. Proper health resources must be rendered useful and accessible to everyone (while allowing anonymity & dignity) so that real help can be delivered to those in need.

does not mean that people can plagiarize your work and your effort goes in vain. By protecting your work with a strong permissive license such as (A)GPLv3, you foster collaboration, encourage improvement, and support the community, while allowing yourself to stand your ground against bad actors (such as ) and defending against proprietary software.

While it is good that another whistleblower is coming forward, it seems that the public remains fixated on the symptoms of (such as interfering the democratic process), not seeing the root cause: Obsession of peeking into private lives in order to manipulate behaviour for feeding the insatiable greed of profit.

It is way overdue to stop big tech's endless pursuit of people's personal data.

is a : A natural, harmless (by itself) human desire (for privacy) being condemned by figures of power (lawmakers use encryption themselves!) in virtue of some ill-defined morality ("you have nothing to hide if you aren't doing anything illegal").

1. Is it really that hard to get the common sense of "I don't want strangers watching my every move"?
2. Just targetting a tool is not gonna suddenly reduce crimes. Fix problems at its source willya?

Is your school forcing you to use Zoom, Skype, or other proprietary videoconferencing software to learn or teach? That's a violation of your educational rights. Support #FreeSoftware fsf.org

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