My list of recommendations in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, containing only non-(white,male) authors. 14 authors I genuinely like or love, who have moved me or my worldview with their writing: https://rixx.de/blog/sff-perspectives/
Hey, Linux gamers Show more
Maybe the real game was the drivers we installed along the way
WhatsApp is next - and it's been coming for a while Show more
Facebook is rolling messaging between WhatsApp Instagram and Facebook messenger into one.
While they claim to add end-to-end encryption (let's see about that), the silent part is about profiles, contact lists and access.
Internally, the founders of WhatsApp left over this and employees are rebelling. That tells you a lot about how user-hostile these changes will be.
Zuck wants more data. #DeleteWhatsApp.
Gender Bullshit Show more
I resent this! My gender is linguine dammit! https://www.today.com/parents/gender-reveal-lasagna-now-thing-t147196
The "special drawer reserved for disappointing surprise presents for the children of people you don't like." I have one of these! I didn't know that's what it was called.
Trans Internet Security Risk Show more
Big scary security side eye at the new Trans Browser Extension "Shinigami Eyes" which encourages trans people to tag pages as "trans friendly" and "anti trans".
Have already seen trans friends on social media have their pages on like facebook etc tagged. This can be done by anyone. It turns text links green or red respectively. So basically we're outting each other? Surely a huge dataset of trans people is incredibly stupid and dangerous?
There's a beautiful beautiful beautiful postcard book on kickstarter right now. I'm not sure if I want/need it... if I got it, I think I'd send them all as actual postcards. Trying to do more writing-writing. Shing Yin Khor paints lovely and creative otherworldy creatures.
A clean-out of a lecture hall at the University of St Andrews in Scotland led to a discovery of what may be the oldest surviving wall chart of periodic table, which appears to date back to 1885.
Be aware when spreading data and pictures. Here again is why. https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-10-year-meme-challenge
Periodic reminder of a great website: https://haveibeenpwned.com
Enter an email address and the site will check its massive database to see if your details have been found in a hacked dataset.
My work address was pwned via a leak from a company called Apollo. I have no idea who they are, I have no record of ever having visited their site or creating an account. And, having been to the website and read about them, I still don't even know what they do. Sales bollocks of some kind.
Hump day fun. I don't normally do this kind of thing, but this one was fun - who said it? Edgar Allan Poe or some emo band? I got 12/16.
copyright, big publishers Show more
Just filled out a "contributor agreement", meaning I signed away all rights to my text, while somehow retaining all the responsibilities. A big publishers will get all the money, while I get a discount for buying my own text. The eventual publication will cost more than anybody can afford and there can be no open version, so nobody will read that text. I honestly don't understand this.
USA - China, wall building, history Show more
all this talk of wall building just reminds me of the pro-wall, anti-wall factions in the Ming dynasty in book i'm reading. The great wall is just an expensive testament to their greatest failure, the ability to do diplomacy with the Manchu "barbarians". The wall did not stop the inner corruption of the dynasty or stop raiding south of the wall.
just as this border wall will not stop illegal immigrants or drugs.
#books The Great Wall by John Man.
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