An Experiment

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Oct 262018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Actually writing things seems to be something I can’t muster up the will to do.

So I hacked up an rss plugin for wordpress last year to repost excepts from my tt-rss shared feed, but have left the posts it generates private. Since it’s OK if not ideal, I’m just gonna set the plugin to post publicly for now to see if it works out, and maybe as motivation to hurry up and finish tweaking the format, or writing a fresh plugin from scratch that only does what I need.

For now it will post every time I update my shared feed from tt-rss; I am leaning toward modifying it so that it collects all posts and makes a single daily entry, but I’ll see how this works first.

Apr 162021
 

There is a serious problem with Dreamwidth, which is impeding access for many RSS reader tools.

This started at around 0500 UTC on Wednesday morning, according to my own RSS reader cron job. A friend found #43443 in the DW ticket tracker, where a user of a minority web browser found they were blocked.

Local tests demonstrated that Dreamwidth had applied blocking by the HTTP User-Agent header, and were rejecting all user-agents not specifically permitted. Today, this rule has been relaxed and unknown user-agents are permitted. But user-agents for general http client libraries are still blocked.

I’m aware of three unresolved tickets about this:
#43444
#43445
#43447

We’re told there by a volunteer member of Dreamwidth’s support staff that this has been done…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://diziet.dreamwidth.org/7930.html

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Apr 162021
 

Last year, the Firefox platform development team announced plans to remove the built-in FTP implementation from the browser. FTP is a protocol for transferring files from one host to another.
The implementation is currently disabled in the Firefox Nightly and Beta pre-release channels and will be disabled when Firefox 88 is released on April 19, 2021. The implementation will be removed in Firefox 90.  After FTP is disabled in Firefox, the browser will delegate ftp:// links to external applications in the same manner as other protocol handlers.
With the deprecation, browserSettings.ftpProtocolEnabled will become read-only. Attempts to set this value will have no effect.
Most places where an extension may pass “ftp” such as filters for proxy or webRequest should…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2021/04/15/built-in-ftp-implementation-to-be-removed-in-firefox-90/

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Apr 162021
 

Like many schools, Dartmouth College has increasingly turned to technology to monitor students taking exams at home. And while many universities have used proctoring tools that purport to help educators prevent cheating, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine has gone dangerously further. Apparently working under an assumption of guilt, the university is in the midst of a dragnet investigation of complicated system logs, searching for data that might reveal student misconduct, without a clear understanding of how those logs can be littered with false positives. Worse still, those attempting to assert their rights have been met with a university administration more willing to trust opaque investigations of inconclusive data sets rather than their own students.
The Boston Globe…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/04/proctoring-tools-and-dragnet-investigations-rob-students-due-process

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Apr 102021
 

I recently updated Pixel Wheels banner image on Google Play. That triggered a review of the game: shortly after the update I received a message telling me Pixel Wheels was “not compliant with Google Play Policies”. What nefarious activity does the game engage in? Sneak on users? Mine bitcoins?
Nope.

Something much more terrible, as evidenced by this screenshot they sent me:

The Horror
Yes. I confess it. I added a link to my donation page within the game, depriving Google of some precious money it totally cannot survive without! How dare I?!? I am such a bad person.
Since there is no point arguing with them, I am going to have to build a Google Play flavor of the game,…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://agateau.com/2021/google-does-not-want-you-to-tell-your-players-about-your-donation-page

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Apr 102021
 

We’re all too familiar with the 3D printing post-processing step of removing supports, and lamenting the waste of plastic on yet another dwindling reel of filament. When the material is expensive NinjaFlex or exotic bio-printers, printing support is downright painful. A group at USC has come up with a novel way of significantly reducing the amount of material that’s 3D printed by raising portions of the bed over time, and it makes us wonder why a simpler version isn’t done regularly.
In the USC version, the bed has a bunch of square flat metal pieces, with a metal tube underneath each. The length of the tube determines the eventual height of that square. Before the print is…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2021/04/10/dynamic-build-platforms-for-3d-printers-remove-supports-and-save-material/

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Apr 102021
 

Amazon maims its workers and drives wages down, yet the company still attracts job applicants and claims to provide “good jobs.” Those claims were strong enough to play a role in the defeat of a union effort in Bessemer, Alabama — but that says less about Amazon than it does about the miserable state of the labor market.
The Bessemer fulfillment center where Amazon workers voted against forming the company’s first union. (PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images) Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, just voted two to one against joining a union. In the run-up to the election, company representatives touted the great jobs Amazon provides. “Our employees choose to work…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/04/amazon-bessemer-alabama-union-vote-job-market-union-density-monopsony/

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Apr 102021
 

On March 31, a group of worker centers, unions, community groups and policy organizations in Illinois officially formed a new coalition, Stable Jobs Now, that aims to dramatically shift the power balance between workers and bosses by eliminating ​“at-will” employment — the practice that allows employers to fire their employees on a whim.
In most of the rest of the world, workers are protected by the ​“just cause” principle, which says they can only be terminated for legitimate, documented reasons connected to poor job performance. But in the United States, the at-will doctrine allows bosses to arbitrarily fire employees for any reason or no reason whatsoever, with the burden of proving it was an unlawful dismissal placed on the worker. 
The post The Movement To End At-Will Employment…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://popularresistance.org/the-movement-to-end-at-will-employment-is-getting-serious/

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Mar 202021
 

Back when Netflix was a pesky upstart trying to claw subscribers away from entrenched cable providers, the company had a pretty lax approach to users that shared streaming passwords. At one point CEO Reed Hastings went so far as to say he “loved” password sharing, seeing it as akin to free advertising. The idea was that as kids or friends got on more stable footing (left home to job hunt, whatever), they’d inevitably get hooked on the service and purchase their own subscription. Execs at HBO (at least before the AT&T acquisition) have stated it doesn’t really hurt these companies’ bottom lines in part because, much like with traditional piracy, there’s no guarantee these users would…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210311/16575846407/netflix-starts-cracking-down-diabolical-menace-password-sharing.shtml

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Mar 192021
 

Photograph Source: AFGE – CC BY 2.0
Do you remember the promises made by the Democratic Party’s presidential and Congressional candidates on universal health insurance? You can forget their pledges and somber convictions now that your votes put the Democrats in charge of the House and the Senate. The Democrats’ leaders are abandoning their promises and retreating into a cowardly corporatist future.
Here is the present scene. Leading Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have decided to spend tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize the giant health insurance companies like Aetna and United Healthcare to “cover recently laid-off workers and those who purchase their own coverage,” as The New York Times reported. There are…

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Mar 192021
 

Most new architecture, like Amazon’s proposed new HQ, is hideous. That’s because it is made for corporations. Despite all the mistakes and brutalities of the Soviet experiment, at least their architecture was designed to serve the people instead.
The Amazon building is a monstrosity. (NBBJ / Amazon) I went to architecture school and write about architecture, so whenever a new building goes up somewhere, people ask me what I think about it. They ask not because they want to know my expert opinion and compare it to theirs, but because they understand that they are “supposed” to like whatever new thing has just gone up in their city, but they don’t,…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/03/architecture-amazon-arlington-virginia-brutalism-modernism/

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Mar 192021
 

I have been using Signal a lot and, besides the privacy features, I have come to really enjoy custom sticker packs. Naturally, this led me to upload and maintain a lot of them. To keep things under control I wrote packpath, a small command line utility to easily upload and update Signal sticker packs from a simple config file. Consider this mosaic a far more interesting screenshot than a terminal running packpath. Although the Signal stickers API is only kinda public, some developers have written libraries to interact with it. Concretely, signalstickers.com maintainer Romain Ricard, has written signalstickers-client, a Python library to interact with the sticker API. Thanks to signalstickers-client doing all of the heavy…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://diegoe.be/2021/03/15/packpath-upload-signal-stickers-from-config-file/

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Mar 192021
 

Texas recently eased all coronavirus restrictions, including mask-wearing. AP Photo/LM OteroPresident Joe Biden commemorated the COVID-19 pandemic’s one-year anniversary by giving Americans an ambitious goal: Return to a semblance of normalcy by the Fourth of July. “But to get there we can’t let our guard down,” he added. Unfortunately, many states already have. Falling numbers of new coronavirus cases and accelerating vaccination rates have prompted Texas and a growing number of other states to ease more restrictions or drop them altogether. Their governors argue the economic costs are just too high and the measures no longer necessary. Federal health officials, meanwhile, are advising states to hold off on reopening too soon and…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theconversation.com/us-could-save-tens-of-thousands-of-lives-and-tens-of-billions-of-dollars-with-3-weeks-of-strict-covid-19-measures-156447

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Mar 192021
 

There is a new
mailing-list server
running under the auspices of kernel.org that is
meant, over time, to address the problems that have been plaguing
vger.kernel.org in recent times.

The infrastructure behind
lists.linux.dev supports multiple domains, so all mailing lists hosted on
vger.kernel.org will be carefully migrated to the same platform while
preserving current addresses, subscribers, and list ids. The only thing
that will noticeably change is the procedure to subscribe and unsubscribe
from individual lists.

Among other things, the new server
prioritizes delivery to the lore.kernel.org archive, which should minimize
the problems seen recently with lost messages.

External feed Read More at the Source: https://lwn.net/Articles/849441/rss

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Mar 132021
 

Their argument is, “Bitcoin is ‘green’ because this oil well was just going to vent all that methane into the atmosphere anyway” — or — “It was on fire when I got here.”‘Absurd’ video of bitcoin mine hooked to an oil well sparks outrageIn states like Texas, where energy regulations are laxer, natural gas by-product can be vented, intentionally releasing gases, predominately potent methane, into the atmosphere. The other option is to set gas on fire in flare stacks to convert methane to carbon dioxide, slightly less dangerous when it comes to heating the planet in the short-term. […]”They’re getting zero for this gas anyway so it makes almost no difference whether we’re on that well-site…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.jwz.org/blog/2021/03/bitcoin-mine-cargo-container-literally-incinerating-planet/

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Mar 122021
 

Counterpunch has a new article about the harm done to minor parties by HR One, the bill in Congress to change many election laws. This one is also by Howie Hawkins, the Green Party presidential nominee in 2020. The article is balanced and acknowledges the helpful parts of the bill. The article also has a list of reforms that should have been included in the bill. The Green Party is doing a very good job of publicizing the harmful aspect of the bill. No daily newspaper has even mentioned that the bill makes it much harder for presidential candidates to qualify for primary season matching funds. Thanks to Fairvote for the link.

External feed Read More at the Source: http://ballot-access.org/2021/03/12/counterpunch-carries-another-article-on-harm-done-by-hr-one-to-minor-parties/

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Mar 122021
 

An organization calling itself Safe Cities Northwest is aiming to create public-private surveillance networks in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The organization claims that it is building off of a “successful model for public safety” that it built in San Francisco. However, it’s hard to call that model successful when it has been at the center of a civil rights lawsuit against the city of San Francisco, been used to spy on a number of public events, including  Black-led protests against police violence and a Pride parade, and is now facing resistance from a neighborhood hoping to prevent the spread of the surveillance program. 
In San Francisco, the organization SF Safe connects semi-private Business Improvement Districts (BID)…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/seattle-and-portland-say-no-public-private-surveillance-networks

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