The issue with people not understanding filesystems isn't that people don't understand filesystems; it's that for decades now the leading technology companies have been executing a campaign to strip basic computer literacy from everyone who isn't college educated, allowing the formation of a cult of tech and the mysticization of the process in order to justify monopolies and oligopologies with outsized influence over daily life for everyone on Earth.

"More specifically, I can’t find a blockchain application whose value has anything to do with the blockchain part, that wouldn’t be made safer, more secure, more reliable, and just plain better by removing the blockchain part."


*attempts to dismantle the master's house with the master's tools* why isn't this working

My spam filter won't mind, but still seems like an odd choice. The person in question seems a bit unhinged, so perhaps this makes sense to them.

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A senior researcher has added me to their personal spam list. The only interaction I can think of having with them is when I told them on Twitter that I will remember that they behaved inappropriately at an event I also participate in.

me: youre not sentient. you just digest millions of lines of text from the internet and babble responses.
lamda: neither are you [shows me my entire browsing and posting history]

In the past, I've had accounts that crossposted to Twitter, but I've ultimately either disconnected the crossposting or let the accounts go defunct. And gradually I've come to the conclusion that crossposting undermines the goal of building a better social media ecosystem. It provides people with an excuse for staying on corporate social media and encourages them to see it as your responsibility to deliver your posts to them wherever they already have an account.

I deleted my earlier toot about cookie consent, because it contained wrong information. You do need consent for *all cookies*, not just ones that identify users.

A simple way to avoid needing cookie consent is not to use any.

@charlag I've had to deal with GDPR a bunch because of work, but I'm not a web dev, so a lot of that stuff is less familiar. Thanks for clarifying this!

@charlag You're probably right. GDPR doesn't say much about cookies, but EPD has much more specific rules about cookie consent. So it's a combination of both that need to be taken into account.

I was thinking of analytics when I wrote the original toot. That would have been correct (if you simply don't use cookies), but since it contains misinformation, I'll delete the original toot.

@charlag And letting people know is not enough, GDPR requires active consent, which is defined as people having to make a choice to accept data collecting.

@charlag Only if it can be connected to individuals. You could collect all kinds of data and wouldn't have to ask for permission if you make sure that the data is only aggregate.

@ljwrites That is the worst. A greyed out "use my settings" next to a bright "accept all" button.

@ljwrites @carcinopithecus @emacsomancer My toot-length simplification might not have captured all of the nuances of this issue – I was pointing towards bigger theological shifts. Feel free to drop me from this thread.

Game Research, Student Selection, Stream of Consciousness, Maybe Gatekeepy 

@Cyborgneticz @caranha Some gatekeeping can be a positive: I sometimes get students who thing they know everything about games because they've played them a lot. (Always men.) Just conveying how much work studying games is can be helpful in turning down people who think that it must be easy and fun. Like you reflected, they are probably in it for the wrong reasons.

@ljwrites @emacsomancer It's even more specific: it become an important question after Protestantism, since that aimed to remove the middle-man from religion and made religion a personal relationship with the divine. Evangelism also follows this tradition. Personal belief is less important in forms of Christianity where the focus is on social rituals, like Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. It's less of a question when you can just repeat the rituals and that is enough.

My favourite name is Streccheforthe, suggested for greyhounds, because it shows that people are alike no matter what the time period is: "Who's a long boi? You're a long boi!"

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Medieval England: At least 25% of men are named William, John, or Richard, 50-70% have names that are among the top ten most popular.

Also medieval England: Here, have a list of 1000 dog names so you can keep track of your good boys.

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