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Wed, 16 May 2018 18:09:03 +0200

Please click below to contact your Congress person and tell them to vote to reinstate net neutrality.

Please reshare. We need as many people contacting Congress as possible.

#netneutrality #savetheinternet #activism #importantannouncement #psa

Sun, 13 May 2018 06:28:56 +0200

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

"Study after study shows that overworking reduces productivity. On the other hand, performance increases after a vacation, and workers come back with restored energy and focus."

Well informed capitalists wouldn't overwork their workers... Unfortunately we have a lot of poorly-informed people running companies these days. Makes you wonder about the crazy hours a lot of startups do as well.

Sun, 13 May 2018 06:28:14 +0200

#weliveinthefuture #ai

Original Post from John Thomas:

Google's AI Can Now Make Bookings by Phone.

Google's new 'Duplex' AI has just been demoed at Google's developer conference. It can book a table or a haircut over the phone and pass as a human complete with natural sounding ums and ahs. Some audio of bookings is in the link below. The AI sounds clearer and, strangely, more natural than any of the real people on the other end of the line!

When the feature rolls out the software will tell the person on the other end he or she is talking to a digital assistant.

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:48:31 +0100

There is a Massive Security Vulnerability in Your Computer

Yes, yours. And you can't use the "but I run Linux" defense this time; this effects every modern device with an Intel processor, and (to a lesser degree) with AMD or ARM chips. In case you're uncertain, let me just clarify for you: Yes, that means your devices. This effects, to one degree or another, basically every device with a CPU in it, regardless of whether you run Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS. (Some reports are saying both Macs and AMD processors are not effected – this is incorrect. There are a handful of different vulnerabilities here. Mac and AMD are each effected by fewer of them than their rivals Windows and Intel, but they're still effected.)

I won't get into the details here (you can read those at the link), but basically a collection of vulnerabilities have been reported that allow websites you visit (in any browser) to steal data from your computer. Basically everyone is impacted by this, including banks, medical facilities, schools, government agencies, and all kinds of other organizations that may store tons of personal information, so this has the potential to be a very serious issue.

So, what do you do about it? Right now, not much, but don't panic: There are no exploits reported out in the wild – yet – and OS patches are supposed to drop in the next week or so to mitigate these problems. When that happens, you should update right away.

Keep your fingers crossed. If everyone's on the ball about updates, this issue could still be resolved before any major damage results from it.

#publicserviceannouncement #psa #security #spectre #meltdown

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 18:27:00 +0100

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

"Money isn’t money until basic needs are met"
"Hear my plea
Capitalists, rugged individualists, liberals, democrats, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, and everyone else in America, on this I hope you willl agree:


Human beings can’t live like human beings without choice and freedom.


Human beings forced to function as nonhuman beings are not able to contribute to society effectively, and they are subject to unnecessary suffering themselves.


Choice, freedom, and effectiveness don’t come until one can turn focus to the more important things in life — to growth rather than maintenance and the forestalling of catastrophe — until urgent basic necessities no longer consume our attention.


We have not simply a moral imperative but also a logical, self-serving incentive to make sure that everyone has a sturdy floor of minimum guaranteed income on which to stand."

A slightly different slant on the argument for UBI, particularly for those who mistake it for a giveaway of "free money", and ignore the randomized controlled trials showing its effectiveness.