Hey #Fediverse. When you post pictures, please please please with puppies on top fill in that description box for the visually impaired. You will be helping us out tremendously. We want to enjoy your pictures as much as others do. You don't have to write a novel, but just fill in some details.
Thanks with much love:
A Blind Dude
*hops off soapbox*
Companies like Apple are entirely motivated by profit. Anything they say about helping advance human rights is just good PR while they happily axe freedoms and increase surveillance to pad out their bottom line.
Same goes with massive companies supporting minority groups or oppressed people. None of them ever come forward when it's unpopular but as soon as public support and awareness rises they're all for kicking other groups out of Mardi Gras so they can get a float.
web privacy is a dumpster fire and we are all huffing the fumes
Don't be this guy. Scraping Instagram to use people's selfies without permission for machine learning is gross. https://kndrck.co/indexing-faces-on-instagram.html
Australian's love punching bongs more than any other country 🤙 🤙 🤙
Also I live in the ecstasy capital of the world and it's a remote backwater city that you would not pick as the place with more pingers per square metre than EDC and Tomorrowland combined
The worst of which put all the feedback in a database and then ran a cron script every minute which would extract the feedback and individually mail each one to the "customer feedback" list.
This is for an app that was going to receive feedback on average once each week.
Today at work I encountered a fifth "contact us" system in a single codebase. Previously I'd worked to remove three others because why do you need 5 separate backend methods of supplying user feedback!?
Also I can't even really point to the "Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY)" principle because the author of this code wrote each one individually using entirely different methods.
Mother's Day high tea was wonderful, good to see Mum again even if there was some scuffles over the best desserts. https://octodon.social/media/zN0vV8g1BykyhCluhQY
Feel good reminder time:
The path you came up in your profession isn't shared by all your colleagues.
For example, you may have spent lots of time on ISP help desk before ever getting into web development.
*You* might have learned how to subnet IPv4 addresses in your profession but the data science colleague you admire could have no idea.
Skills you didn't think you'd use again can come in handy at the strangest of times so always be proud of what you know and don't assume its common knowhow
Last night while going on a snack run a tourist family stopped me. They looked lost and I thought they wanted directions but as we got through the language barrier I realised they just wanted a photo of me because of my hair. 😂
In the end I stood in front of an office building (because the logo included the word "Australia") with the father and son while the mother took a photo and then they all thanked me and shook my hand.
Ransomware that fluctuates the price based on the average cost of a Big Mac in your area: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3195118/security/local-cost-of-a-big-mac-decides-ransom-amount-for-fatboy-ransomware.html #infosec
(the "Big Mac Index" is an informal measurement of purchasing power parity between countries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mac_Index )
Totally not 17 meerkats piloting a human suit.
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!