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Q: why do anti-capitalists only drink herbal tea?

A: because proper tea is theft!

Every time I see the awesome work of the Special Effect people it reminds me of the responsibility we have as software engineers: we may be able-bodied but not everybody is, it's up to us to make our software accessible to as many users as possible.

And yet we build websites that break when someone tries to increase the text size. That's plain wrong. Machines must adapt to people, not the other way around.

Yesterday and today Frontier Developments ran a 24h fundraising livestream to get nerds to give money to the Special Effect charity instead. That worked out quite well as a total of £53,680 was raised, nicely overshooting the £25,000 target.

Special Effect makes hardware and software to allow people with disabilities to play videogames. This may seem like a futile goal, but remember that games are also a social activity these people were denied.

That's from "The Recipe" by Kendrick Lamar and Dr Dre, for those interested.

The best time to plant a tree is ten years ago.

The next best time is now.

But don't expect to harvest anything this year if you're only planting the tree now. Not even if you plant a hundred trees. Not even if you throw all the horse shit you can manage at the field, either.

- Jaycie Holder on project management


(note to self: visit Los Angeles someday)

It turns out that the polar ice caps are melting because Santa's elves are running a 500-megawatt bitcoin mining rig

On Amazon being an appalling company, I agree. It's not just the warehouse staff who get abused either.

But here's the thing.

This isn't a problem unique to Amazon. Many companies behave in similar ways. They're just not as big or well known as Amazon, and so stories about them don't get into the technology news.

This is a Capitalism problem, not an Amazon problem. It's also about the failure of unions to act in the interests of workers and to adapt their organizing methods to a post-industrial setting.

Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crépuscule // profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.c // atmospheric death metal // Canada // 2016

Pro-Tip: If you want to drive a react dev crazy, just put an empty file named react.js in a folder called __mocks__ and every test in that folder or its subfolders that uses the DOM will fail with the error "TypeError: Cannot read property 'ReactCurrentOwner' of undefined". Hours of fun!

get the fuck out with your traditionalist family values, python

Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere // sulphuraeon-vanrecords.bandcam // blackened death metal // Germany // 2015

Behemoth - The Satanist // // blackened death metal // Poland // 2014

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