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Maciej Cegłowski : Who Will Command the Robot Armies?


Are you using Postgres? Then you might want to take a look at the
"PostgreSQL 9 Admin Cookbook" whose ebook version is freely available today at packtpub.com/packt/offers/free

@gargron Amazon payments works without a credit card too. I use it to pay for e.g. Humble Bundles.

@kensanata @stefanieschulte
Not just Atom feeds, you can "wget octodon.social/@kensanata" too (but I'm sure you knew that already). If I find some spare time (hah ;-/) I'll wrap the retrieval into a perl script ...

@stefanieschulte @kensanata This inacessability of data is one of the reasons I heavily dislike bulletin boards too.

G+ offers a takeout (at least, although the formatting seems to change every other hour) and Mastodon offers a similar means via simple HTTP access. So I can grep my data. And it even allos me to grab your stream, which isn't possible on G+.

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The decline of #Livejournal is an important lesson about user #privacy on sites. Sure the site might be friendly today, but they might be bought out later and the new owners have all your old data.

There's a chance some Russian #LGBT people organised & hung out on #LJ 15 years ago, and now all that data is available to #Russia today 😨

These tech companies are keeping all our data forever (to make money), and it's a bad thing.

Remembering Marvin Minsky

Regarding recent AI discussions:
edge.org/conversation/marvin_m and edge.org/conversation/marvin_m with lots of comments on him by other luminaries of our time.

Spam-Beobachtung: Wenn man auf einem eigenen Server eine Email-Adresse <jc.szwe@example.com> hat und diese nur mal für ein Probe-Abo der "SZ am Wochenende" nutzte, jetzt aber dort eine "Werbe-Aktion" der "Brackmann Media & Data Limited" (@newsdialog.de) landet, was ist dann passiert?

Nun, entweder hat jemand Adressen bei der SZ geklaut, oder die SZ hat diese Adresse verkauft. Beides macht überhaupt keinen guten Eindruck, liebe SZ. Jetzt wird die Adresse halt gesperrt und Emails dorthin bouncen.

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Robert Pirsig Reveals the Personal Journey That Led Him to Write His Counterculture Classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)

RIP Phaedrus

@stefanieschulte @jjg Werner Koch isn't a fan of usability either ;-/ That's one of the reasons why GnuPG isn't (and won't be) ready for the masses.

I haven't made up my mind yet myself. But there are nice features, like keybase.pub/ for authenticated file sharing, IIRC.

BTW: securitymastod.one asks for keybase credentials:

@stefanieschulte @jjg take a look at keybase.io for an alternative key discovery tool.

The classic key servers suck (and have been misdesigned from the start, IMO).

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remember: mastodon is as good as we make it, so if you want to read interesting things whenever you come here, start posting interesting things yourself and start interacting with interesting people.

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@oliof @dredmorbius @gideonro @Jawoodward @dredmorbius I tend to ignore all those pesky apps meanwhile. Because browsers are more flexible (bookmarking, cut/copy/paste of relevant text, rarely possible in most apps), multiple tabs (on tablets too, not just on desktops) and most apps tend to be too nosy anyway.

@dredmorbius the same holds for battlefield AI. Just don't do it.

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"technological capabilities cannot distinguish based on morality, nationality, or legality..."

-- Bruce Schneier, 2015