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hey I'm trying to do a better job writing CWs for stuff about state violence. please call me on this because I'm forgetting a lot

it's kinda hard to remember when sharing a link from another app in Android

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for real, sometimes I sound cynical but I want to be clear: the goal is a world where everyone gets to feel loved and live a fulfilling life of their choice. no cops. no bosses. no landlords. no borders. just people and love and the whole green earth

this and NOTHING less

if you think it sounds sappy or impossible, that's the cop in your head. it's more than possible, it's inevitable. you can see it peeking through, even now. you can meet the people building it

you can BE one of those people

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a is about taking your crazy fever dreams and turning them into absurd reality 🖤

WHAT PEOPLE THINK ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ARE: wow.... we're creating... new life........

WHAT ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ACTUALLY ARE: techbros worshiping the almighty algorithm, not caring to look at what bad patterns the machines are picking up (racism, sexism, etc) and how to avert them, and overreliance on neural networks meaning that said algorithms are treated as magical black boxes where nobody wants to (or can, really) point out exactly how the equation works (and why it may be faulty)

Summary of tonight's playtesting of an interactive-fiction based mission script in Space Nerds in Space: patreon.com/posts/first-playte

please read this, violence, protesting, antisemitism and racism 

White dudes stop yelling at retail workers challenge

Been thinking about adding some interactive-fiction stuff into Space Nerds In Space in a mission script. For example, maybe you direct a robot around on a derelict ship via Comms to solve a mystery.

To that end, I've been experimenting with some I F basics in Lua: github.com/smcameron/smcameron -- so far, you can move around and take, drop and examine objects. Based on a previous python experiment: github.com/smcameron/smcameron

Pretty straightforward port, really.

#GitHub is blocking users based on national origin, citing US trade controls law restrictions....

People from #Iran, #Syria, #Crimea, #Cuba, and North Korea woke up one day to lose access to all their public and private repositories. There's reporting that even people *who traveled* to any of those countries in the last 2 years are losing their data...

And #GitHub has not said ONE WORD ABOUT IT.

:blobangery:

Read more: medium.com/@hamed/github-block

The fact that the domain maker.space is already claimed, but isn't being used for anything; hack.space is parked; and hacker.space is a blank page are all small tragedies.

On a side note, does anyone know of a Mastodon instance that focuses on maker- and hack- spaces?

Holy what!

"Amazon's home security company Ring has enlisted local police departments around the country to advertise its surveillance cameras in exchange for free Ring products and a “portal” that allows police to request footage from these cameras, a secret agreement obtained by Motherboard shows."

vice.com/en_us/article/mb88za/

#infosec

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