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Oh yeah, I definitely think Musk and his management board have blood on their hands, in one way or another.

All I’m saying is that, assuming this engineer is telling the truth, he himself isn’t morally guilty, because he was told the framing would be different.


Well, what Google wants to introduce is a completely arbitrary limit to the number of filtering rules, so increasing that constant in the code should be no trouble at all.

Having said that, ad blocking effectiveness is lower on Chrome-based browsers already today: https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/uBlock-Origin-works-best-on-Firefox
Padding those flaws out or offering similar functionality to uBO in their custom ad blocker, that does take some effort.


Jeez, just imagine. Your boss tells you to fabricate a video, then publishes it like it represents reality, and a fellow engineer of all people may have believed it and gotten themselves killed.

There is definitely plenty steps between the fabrication of the video and the death of a person where rationally you wouldn’t need to feel guilty.
But I would still have thoughts running through my head, if maybe the video could have been shot differently or I should have added another disclaimer before showing it to my boss.


The article concludes with the usual reminder that you need to stay alert as a driver, but can you even intervene when such phantom braking happens? You can’t exactly pull back the brake pedal…


I’m actually talking about the time before that, because as you say, GNU provided the solution of utilizing copyright to fight copyright.

In the 60s and 70s, software was largely either included with a specific piece of hardware (i.e. had virtually no value without it), or it was developed in academia. This came with a culture of people just sharing software without any regards for copyright and whatnot.

That might have eventually shifted on its own, but it was also specifically Microsoft that pushed for a less open culture, see for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Open_Letter_to_Hobbyists

And then of course, some time later, you had the origin story of Stallman, where his printer didn’t work, he fixed the software and helpfully sent the patch to the printer manufacturer, who then threatened to sue him for violating their copyright.

So, Stallman and his movement really wanted the old hacker culture back where copyright didn’t limit their freedom. And then out of necessity, they utilized copyright to fight itself.


I didn’t want to call it good or bad (this is how things have to go, given the situation), but rather just that there is a certain irony here.

Both, in that open-source folks are now calling for stronger enforcement of copyright when it was born out of a fight against copyright, but also that Microsoft can now be sued due to the aggressive copyright laws they lobbied into place.


Hmm, that’s going to be an interesting lawsuit. Designing products for kids isn’t illegal. But designing products to be addictive which have damaging effects, that certainly can be made illegal.
Might result in some very specific rulings, like no infinite scrolling or no visible interaction counts.


Quite ironic that open-source is now calling for stronger enforcement of copyright to protect ourselves from profiteering arseholes, namely Microsoft.

Last century, calling for stronger enforcement of copyright was done by the profiteering arseholes, namely Microsoft.


A purpose for data collection can’t become invalid, but a purpose does not absolve you from asking for consent. In theory, this means the majority of their users will simply not say “yes” and that then kills their business model.

I assume, they will try to make the non-consenting option paid, like many news webpages do it. My interpretation of the GDPR (specifically Article 7 Section 4) is that this isn’t legal either, but it hasn’t been challenged in court yet.

You might be thinking of “legitimate interests”. You can skip getting consent, if something represents a “legitimate interest” of yours. But yeah, that one is a hairy topic. Not even Meta tried to claim they expected their relentless data hoovering to fall under that, so far.


Doesn’t surprise me, honestly. Most devs either target Linux for backend stuff, develop for web or Android in terms of frontend (which works just as well on Linux), or could at least benefit from their application building and running on their CI/CD Linux server.

And once your application runs on Linux, you only need the dev stack to do the same, which probably works better on Linux than Windows already.

With macOS, unless you’re extremely specialized in graphics work, iOS or macOS development, chances are you can’t run all dev tooling or the application you’re developing without jumping through hoops.


I thought Twitter only had 400 million users, so this would have been all of them, but apparently Twitter only publishes “average monetizable daily active usage (mDAU)” (they got sued in the past for misleading investors with how many inactive users they had). That mDAU number was 229 million for Q1 2022.

So, yeah, no idea what percentage of Twitter users are affected, but could easily be in the double digits.


Well, of course, I would like to find an balanced approach that causes the least suffering. So, investing heavily into renewables and for example taxing CO2 output to give money back to the people, would IMHO be smart strategies no matter what path we take.

But yeah, my problem is that your comment could easily be rewritten to talk about the climate crisis.
Here in Germany, we’ve lost entire cities to floods, while at the same time the ground is drier than it’s been in centuries, leading to important transport rivers drying up, farmers losing crops and whole forests burning down.
Summers are now so hot that if you can’t afford an AC, you’re risking your health.

Hell, many refugees, that fascists love to get riled up against, had to flee their home countries due to catastrophes caused by the climate crisis or conflicts/fascism caused by those.

And finally, the climate crisis can have a direct effect on the energy crisis, too. This summer, France had to lower the capacity of their few remaining nuclear power plants, because the rivers they use for cooling were largely dried up and already coming in at an increased temperature.

So, I’m afraid the balanced approach is going to hurt, no matter what we do.


Well, yeah, but if LEDs were another magnitude more efficient, then even such an energy crisis would hardly affect indoor farming.

I especially also want to extend this energy crisis. Because we need to get away from fossil fuels for cars and power plants, and I would also rather not be dependent on imports of nuclear fuel nor having the respective power plants in explosion range.
If that means, we need to plant our crops on a traditional field until we have our renewables down, that is a sacrifice I’m more than willing to make.


This was the first time I really thought about LEDs being efficient enough to do indoor farming, just to immediately read that they’re effectively not. 🙃


Yeah, if fewer players can play Call of Duty, they might actually try a good game for a change, which would benefit them greatly.


“One could argue he has created value or destroyed value at Twitter. It’s hard to tell at this point,” [Gerber] said.

I’m going to guess this Gerber-person is being pseudo-optimistic to try to bait other people into investing money as well, so he might have a chance of getting his million back.

Because otherwise, how in the fuck can you be this rich and this bad at judging reality?


I would like to feel optimistic, but I’ve seen news like these on a rather regular basis for at least a decade already…


Easy to say in retrospective, but yeah, not surprised. Such a speaker can barely do anything on its own. You need it to integrate with other devices to be remotely useful.
And even then, most people own few devices that can do something valuable without someone already physically interacting with them, to e.g. place food inside them.



Absolutely wouldn’t surprise me, if they had no clue what data they have on individual users.

As soon as you have more than one team collecting user data (which they definitely have), you need to put in a dedicated effort to hook each team’s database up to a centralized API for when a user requests their data or its deletion.
Such dedicated, centralized efforts don’t mesh well with the capitalism-like system typically used at that scale of corporation. You’ll especially have legacy or prototype projects for which no one is willing to invest the money to comply with laws.

Of course, this is not an excuse. This is Google’s main source of income and they have had hard requirements for this since the GDPR took effect in 2018, and they knew about that coming since 2016.
If they still haven’t bothered to comply with laws, they should absolutely be sued.