My startup is in Bloomberg this morning: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-29/oregon-solar-projects-get-insurance-to-guarantee-production
(kWh Analytics is us). tl;dr: we use data science to convince banks that solar is a safer investment than banks usually think it is. Then solar project developers can get more investment money cheaper.
Pretty exciting that we are now at the stage where we've done multiple deals and are proving the business model works!
I play the accordion and the Japanese Taiko drums. Current side projects are drawing a near-future sci-fi comic and coding a JRPG loosely based on Mongolian history.
So far i've found every social media platform that i've tried to be completely unusable. Hoping Mastodon might be different.
Down to chat about music, gaming, environment/energy, comics, software development, parenting, etc. anytime.
I left $WELL_KNOWN_INTERNET_COMPANY to career switch into renewable energy and maybe do something about global warming. My startup is trying to reduce the cost of solar power, using data science. We're in San Francisco.
Been reading Ribbonfarm since 2013, never joined the community before.
Bill Nye's LightSail project that me and my wife kickstarted five years ago is finally launching tonight! Woo!
It's a solar sail folded up inside a cubesat, launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon rocket.
I couldn't be in Florida to watch it live but I'm just happy it's actually happening.
Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.
Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).
I took a swim in the pool with my phone in my pocket today, so good news! I'm free from the tyranny of 24/7 connectivity! For now.
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"But illegal immigrants broke the law and should be deported, so ICE is doing the right thing"
(paraphrasing commenters on a news article i just read)
Dude. Listen, dude.
If you think that ICE is ONLY deporting illegal immigrants -- if you think they're not mistakenly deporting legal residents, and even citizens -- a mistake which is more likely to happen the less ICE fallows its targets their right to due process--
then you have WAY more trust in the government than I ever will.
there was a film crew from NHK (Japanese public TV) there. They randomly interviewed me about killer robots.
so there might actually be a clip on Japanese TV news of me, a random american wearing a Doctor Who T-shirt and dripping with sweat because he just spent an hour biking up and down hills in San Francisco, talking about ethical abuses of AI.
Yesterday was a surreal day.
One of the speakers was spokeswoman for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots: https://www.stopkillerrobots.org/
this is a real thing, they're trying to get an international treaty to ban autonomous weapons.
She talked about Google's pentagon contract to develop AI targeting systems for drones, "Project Maven": https://gizmodo.com/google-plans-not-to-renew-its-contract-for-project-mave-1826488620
Google engineers forced the company to cancel it, so yay (but that probably means the project has moved to a military contractor with less ethical employees...)
At the Internet Archive, the main church hall is full of racks of hard drives (they add like 15 petabytes a year ?!?!) and also rows of creepy statues:
“there are more than 120 ceramic sculptures of the Internet Archive’s current and former employees, created by artist Nuala Creed and inspired by the statues of the Xian warriors in China.”
You can see photos of the building and the creepy statues here:
Yesterday I went to this event https://blog.archive.org/2019/05/24/ethics-in-technology-community-night-and-comedy-show-friday-june-21st-2019-at-6pm/ at the Internet Archive. (aka https://archive.org/ best known for the Wayback Machine)
I never knew this, but the Internet Archive's physical building is a converted Christian Scientist church in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco - an amazing building from 1924 with columns and stained glass and domes and stuff.
I biked there from the financial district. There were a lot of hills. 😩
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Thinking about what we can do to protect our neighbors. There is a Rapid Response Network in my county, to collect evidence which can potentially be used to challenge deportations in cases where ICE acted illegally. I'm gonna join it. https://sacredheartcs.org/rapidresponsenetwork/
information about the legal rights people have when ICE comes to their door (rights which ICE will try to violate, relying on intimidation and ignorance)
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The only source i can find for the list of cities targeted is
it says: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
I have no idea how reliable this is.
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Major ICE raids planned for tonight/tomorrow:
"Large-scale immigration enforcement operations are typically kept secret to avoid tipping off targets, but Trump’s tweet Monday blew the cover off the roundup in advance. That the operation was revealed publicly stunned law enforcement officials"
We're actually lucky trump is such an egomaniac. He regularly undermines his own evil agenda because he can't resist stroking his own ego.
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ICE does not obey the fourth amendment (searches and seizures without warrants) nor the fifth (due process of law).
As far as I'm concerned, if they don't follow those principles, they have zero legitimacy as law enforcement. They are no different from a gang of armed kidnappers who break into peoples' homes and drag them away.
This is before you add in the fact that trump wants them to be the SS-style paramilitary of his fascist state. Our moral duty is to oppose them.
what if we had newspapers that organized news by the objective importance of the subject, rather than just the recency of the latest update?
so, like, the front page above the fold would be reserved for news about the ongoing climate apocalypse, every day, until it was solved.
below that, the next most important ongoing story
obviously there's editorial subjectivity involved. we'd pick a newspaper by how much we trusted their sense of rankings.
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one of the key skills for surviving the trump era is being able to quickly sort his outbursts into:
1. equivalent of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum, ignore (e.g. remember when he wanted to undo the 14th amendment birthright citizenship, somehow?)
2. equivalent of a toddler playing with matches, immediate organized resistance needed (e.g. trying to start war with Iran)
currently trying to figure out which one the threat to "deport millions of illegal aliens next week" is
hold on hold on wait a sec everybody stop the presses
why isn't it "Hermione Granger and the Methods of Rationality" ?
Hermione is the character who canonically 1. is good at abstract reasoning 2. believes knowledge is power 3. had plenty of chances to study Muggle science before Hogwarts
Harry is a very nice boy but he's a jock who sucks at studying. He also spent his childhood locked in a closet. when exactly was he supposed to have learned quantum mechanics and logical fallacies?
this is Betty Holberton. she invented the concept of breakpoints for debugging. ever heard of her? you probably haven't, because our field sucks ass and constantly erases its own history.
Software developer for the solar power industry. Accordion player, indie game developer, comic doodler, new dad, sometime activist
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