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I write essays about the intersection of tech and society and work that are secretly essays about feelings. Among other things, I care about labour organizing, police abolition, antiracism and decolonization, accessibility, and public interest technology.

At work I’m a fullstack engineer. In my spare time I read (SFF mainly, but also sociology), climb, and dabble in various textile crafts. Occasional shitposter. Hello!

Like no the AI doing [some doofy antisocial thing that humans also do] does not mean they are the same if the AI can do it a million times while the human does it once. Have we learned literally not one thing about massively scaling bad things, are all these takes a prank call, what is happening

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I just misread the phrase “freelance editor” someone’s bio as “freelance idiot” and brb ordering business cards

I'm hosting a webinar about trust and safety on the fediverse this Thursday, Dec 8th at 12pm Eastern. It's an introduction to the state of content moderation and community safety here.

I hope it will be useful to people at civil society organizations who have perhaps heard about Mastodon and the fediverse and would like to know more about where there are gaps in funding and services, and places where orgs could potentially help augment what's already happening.

RSVP: https://meedan.com/event/webinar-trust-and-safety-on-the-fediverse

Part of a CTO’s job: tell people to stop making new hammers and use one of the many hammers we already have lying around.

Effective immediately Twitter will now be known as OnlyKlans.

@lewriley @dave @Bam @thetitanborn

My issue is not with N*zis. Trash people and sociopaths will always exist.

My issue is with the violence inherent in insufficient moderation coupled with a "use CW!" culture that denies the self reflection that would allow Mastodon users to realize that outside of 4ch*n, many Black users' *worst online experience ever*, was on Mastodon.

If you don't follow Black users and listen to them, you would never know this.

in Norway, "up and not crying" is a not uncommon response to "how's it going" type questions, and I feel like that's a very reasonable standard to hold oneself to especially nowadays

I've been hearing predictions of another housing crash coming up so I'll send out my obligatory reminder that buying property with friends and comrades is a great idea but you should start thinking about establishing yourself as a legal entity now to do so. NASCO helped me out completely for free spending all together like 3 hours teaching me and my old housemates how to go about this back when we were considering it and I learned so much about how to collectively buy and own a home.

in the good timeline, GPT finally trains humanity to understand that someone who's eloquent is not therefore automatically trustworthy

The Turing Test poisoned the minds of generations of AI enthusiasts, because its criteria is producing text that persuades observers it was written by a human.

The result? Generative AI text products designed to "appear real" rather than produce accurate or ethical outputs.

It *should* be obvious why it's problematic to create a piece of software that excels at persuasion without concern for accuracy, honesty or ethics. But apparently it's not.

MAID, eugenics 

“A veteran and former Paralympian told a parliamentary committee that a caseworker from the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) offered her medical assistance in dying (MAID), a week after the veterans affairs minister confirmed that at least four other veterans were offered the same thing.

“Retired Cpl. Christine Gauthier, who has been trying to get a wheelchair ramp installed at her home for the past five years, testified on Thursday that a caseworker told her that they could give her assisted dying, even offering to supply the MAID equipment for her.”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/paralympian-trying-to-get-wheelchair-ramp-says-veterans-affairs-employee-offered-her-assisted-dying-1.6179325

I wash my face the old fashioned way.
I go down to the river and beat it against a rock

I should emphasize that I specifically want this to work without streaming. I know I could just host a media server in a homelab and tailscal/plex into it, but I want to be able to sit in a Faraday cage and still listen to music off of my phone.

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The main functionality I want is like, 2008-era iTunes. I don't need it to do audiobooks or podcasts or anything else. Just plain old offline music playing with physical files I own, playlists with some small amount of logical handling, that I can easily transfer onto and off my phone. Surely that exists.

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Alright friends, I'm finally giving up on iTunes/Apple Music/whatever, what are we using to organize and sync music libraries between MacOS and iOS these days?

now ChatGPT seems really impressive and all but you have to remember that you can be tricked into thinking a rock has feelings by drawing a cute face on it

On Dec. 4, 1969, Chicago police, in league with the FBI, assassinated the charismatic Chairman of the Black Panther Party as he lay sleeping, having been drugged by an informant. Chairman Fred Hampton played an outsized role in influencing the mass political movement until the day he was murdered. Let memory of his life and legacy prevail!

#jonmelrod #fightingtimes #fightingtimesbook #FredHampton #BlackMasotodon #BlackTwitter #BlackFediverse

The hellhound (or "hound of hell") is typically depicted as a canine with a fire-and-brimstone motif, tasked with chasing down damned souls.

Though usually lacking humanoid vocal cords or opposable thumbs, they are usually depicted as sapient & capable of understanding language.

They would therefore be more than capable of casting spells, assuming the spell has few or no verbal components or fine detail work.

Assuming said spell requires glyphs or runes, a hellhound would be unable to use a pen, but could scratch them out in, say, a damp beach.

Therefore, under the correct circumstances, yes, a hot dog is a sand witch.

man I really don't appreciate how much beefier my work machine is than my personal laptop until running brew upgrade on my personal one makes the fans go into absolute overdrive 😬

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phire.place is a Hometown instance for friends of friends. We care about mutual aid, trans rights, and reproductive justice. Hometown is a fork of Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.