I'm a current PhD student at Edinburgh Uni, studying the learning dynamic of artificial neural text models. Information about me aside from that:
- I have a condition that makes it painful to type or write. I dictate all my code and interactions with dragon, talon, and voicecode.
- I play roller derby! My name is Gaussian Retribution. I'm back on skates from months of coalescing after tripping over the flower girl at a wedding.
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Cory Doctorow: Disruption for Thee, but Not for Me
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Surely You’re a Creep, Mr. Feynman
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'The case for inbox infinity'
"All of these coping mechanisms are inferior to one simple solution: inbox infinity. Adopting inbox infinity means accepting the fact that there will be an endless, growing amount of email in your inbox every day, most of which you will never address or even see. It’s about letting email messages wash over you, responding to the ones you can, but ignoring most."
Makes me curious how my fediverse friends handle the onslaught of emails...
Seriously people we need to make "It is false and defamatory to suggest that X Y" into a meme:
Tennessee doctors earn big money denying disability claims
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subscription-based music services stink Show more
I'm finding myself very annoyed with spotify. Lots of music I loved as a teenager just isn't available in streamed collections so my listening habits are really moving away from nostalgia. Anyway here's a song I loved when I was 14 that is annoying for me to find now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rmHFHA8BhY
Apple finally says that repair hurts its bottom line.
Resolutions Show more
My resolution is huge quads. See you all in 2020 when my thighs are fucking hench peace on earth goodnight
Book recommendation for space lesbian stevedores Show more
Long Way To A Small Angry Planet is a slice-of-life episodic novel about space lesbian cargo haulers. It's one of those books where you will know if you should read it based on the description.
"Big Tech's problem is Big, not Tech" by Cory Doctorow (video) https://archive.org/details/decentralizedwebsummitmedia-2018-courtyard-2?start=509
I missed this when it came out a few months ago, but this is a great talk. I'm becoming more and more convinced that the problems of technology centralization can't be solved without antitrust. Tim Wu's recent book "The Curse of Bigness" also comes to mind here.
This is an older article but I still agree with it. Coding as a blue collar job is why we also absolutely need labor and trade unions for coding. Too many coders are essentially wage slaves or old school gold panners, deluded by the notion that they're going to have The Idea and strike it rich. We need to organize, accept that the huge salaries are aberrations, dig in and protect our own from predatory employers.
Roller derby name: Gaussian Retribution.
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