“A decentralised movement about returning freedoms to individuals can't also be about elevating a single individual to near-magical status. Heroes will always end up letting us down. We fix that by removing the need for heroes in the first place, not attempting to find increasingly perfect heroes.”
My bias against linear algebra saves me from almost all new tech hype. Exhibits A, B:
Apple: "we made a phone with a literally physics-defying computatinal camera"
Me: "...using linear algebra. *yawn*"
Apple: "...we also made this processor one gazillion times faster"
Me: "...at multiplying matrices."
I am really worried about the uptick in "cyber war". Of course cyber war is discursive (you can't cyber-kill someone), but if states understand hacking, now at some kind of hybrid of intelligence operations and active war, as something "war-ish", it means kinetic war (bombing someone) might be an appropriate response.
Couple this with how hard attribution is, poor diplomatic relations, and the things like Russian misjudgement of 2006's impact, this is a powder keg.
I’m looking forward SO MUCH to having a practically guaranteed monthly income for the coming five years. I’m turning 31 this year and this PhD position is my first real job.
It’s been ~10 years of living in a shared kitchen, having a shower that folds out, and 12 m2 to share between a desk, a wardrobe, and a bed. I know a lot of folks have it worse and I’m grateful for what I have but gosh dang it having my own real apartment with my own kitchen would be great. I could have guests. GUESTS!!!
Since I haven’t finished my master’s thesis yet, I’m not officially a PhD student so my supervisor just scrounged up an old disused hardware lab I could work in.
I see layers and layers of informal structures built around ineffective and flat out stupid formal rules (“we can’t give you a key because that requires interaction with this and that person who is away now and you are not formally an employee”).
I wish I had more free time and iOS skills so I could make an actually good Matrix client. I want: two separate apps, one for groups and one for one-on-one messages (it’s two completely different things and should have different UI conventions), and good OS integration (share sheets, Siri shortcuts, contacts integration, etc).
Also, and this is an honest question, does anyone understand why #LibreOffice is so bad? The UI looks awful (definition: non-native look and feel on, and this baffles me, all platforms it runs on), it's incredibly slow (why does a word processor need a splash screen?!), and it crashes frequently.
I think aiming for 2013 MacBook is good, because almost nothing has gotten better since then, and many things have in fact gotten worse. It is also strictly better than Windows in terms of everything except application support.
I honestly don't understand how Windows can be so rubbish, given how big it is and how much money Microsoft has.
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