The Big Tech "war on attention" is more like guerrilla warfare or terrorism. Each of us is the large formal military and we're fighting against a leaderless guerrilla army.

Everyone I know trying to actually fight back is paying out the nose in terms of tech convenience in order to, like, not check Twitter/Facebook every 10 min.

We can't go on fighting like this. We need to find a better path forward or we're all gonna become luddites.

TIL that Alex Jones sells cordyceps zombifying mushrooms as part of his Wake Up America! coffee product.

I have no words.

Update: Opened the PDF and looked, nothing much happened besides nocebo. Showed images to 3 people and substitute images to 2 others as control, no effects.

Mmm it’s fall in *wheeze* *cough* California

@vgr @bkam Don't know if you ever heard of EVE Online. It was/is a particularly lawless pvp game, and I once read an interesting theory by a player.

He said coalitions don't break from big defeats, because a big defeat can be spun into a galvanizing narrative. But if you make their lives boring, unpleasant, and confusing, in a thousand small ways, you can drive a wedge between the membership and the leadership, and people eventually just give up and leave.

Unmaintained code has the lifespan of its shortest lived dependency.

If you find yourself in a chicken/egg problem, you'd likely benefit by reframing it into a postive/negative feedback loop problem

Between the hate mobs, anti-terror laws, and the us-centric bent of the interesting bits of the web, I think my future web use will be increasingly based on business transactions and less on having fun or casual communication.

All these new borders feel like a return to a pre-global mindset. Ifmore people feel like this, I expect increased irl social conflict, as local issues get the newly released surplus attention.

Today I'm at the "Electricity Grid in Evolution" conference,

giving a software demo and speaking on a panel about data standards for interoperability in the solar power industry. I have open-sourced a Python library for converting data into "Orange Button", the standard format we're trying to push.

Unix will give you enough rope to shoot yourself in the foot. If you didn’t think rope would do that, you should have read the man page.

From the perspective of a superhuman intelligence that finds your behavior boringly predictable:

You're the machine.

Also accurate with regards to being an indie game dev:

Fun etymology fact: the word Autism comes from the Greek word “auto”, which means “self” or “same”.

Homework: compare Autism to the other kind of self-ism known as Narcissism.

Hey here is something that is not standard practice but should be: ISCA has all papers papers for Interspeech 2018 (for every Interspeech, in fact) on the web, publicly accessible. For example, I’m currently in this session: #interspeech #interspeech2018 #OpenAccess

Check it out if you’re curious what is going on in speech processing research!

for some reason this hotel's wifi only lasts a day at a time so every night around this time of night i had to figure out how to generate an HTTP 200 not over TLS so i could reactivate it

i wound up using

"There is a subtle affliction that causes one to believe their detail poor business ideas are in fact solid business plans. I like to think of this affliction as Spherical Cow Mindset. The Spherical Cow Mindset is characterized by a tendency to go mapmaking without the territory."

Before today, I knew: the reason Twitter was originally limited to 140 characters was so it could be transmitted over SMS (which was limited to 1120 bits, or 160 7-bit characters).

TIL: the reason SMS is limited to 160 7-bit characters is because Friedhelm Hillebrand, who was the chairman of the non-voice services committee within the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), found that a) the average sentence was <160 characters, and b) that matched the average postcard.

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