Question for people from and/or residing in India: How do people there feel about US tech companies trying to buy their way in? I read an article at some point about an Indian government official lambasting Amazon for basically coming to India and trying to kill any local cometition by taking huge lossess and subsidizing with their AWS profits.
Is this a common sentiment? Google has announced a 10 billion dollar investment in India. All of it seems rather preadatory from an outside perspective.
@markosaric My opinion: to be surprised at the gap between Apple's privacy-marketeering and Apple's privacy-action is to mistake the purpose and motive behind the marketeering. Apple market to rich, comfortable customers who don't want to consider that their choice might have any real dimension to it: to them, Apple must always be the "right choice". They will accept _any excuse_ to believe this.
So, for years we had:
* Thin open-washing
* Thin eco-washing
* Thin privacy-washing
wow, look at the rich details of #OpenStreetMap in comparison to #GoogleMaps:
while Gmaps looks like a work with MS paint, OpenStreetMap shows you a full construction plan incl.lifts, ticket vending maching, public telephone, recycling container, rubbish bin and also so many many more shops in the building:
(Train station in Bern, CH)
Microsoft is going to buy Canonical in 2023 - 2025. That’ll effectively give them control of the most well known Linux operating system (outside of Android) and will effectively kill off the desktop experience for us. (https://v2.jacky.wtf/post/8f8941e7-8a13-469a-8b92-5bf092802673)
in the meantime https://userstyles.org/styles/185907/old-github-layout
Reddit and Linkedin apps also caught copying and pasting clipboard contents https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/reddit-and-linkedin-apps-also-caught-copying-and-pasting-clipboard-contents/?aff=202007B
The main issue with sodium-ion batteries was salt accumulation that ultimately destroyed it much faster than their lithium counterparts.
The solution that scientists found? Add more salt!
We now literally have sodium-ion batteries that are capable of following Apple's own guidelines for their Mac laptops. We can start switching anytime now.
Elsevier rant, long, f-word
Elsevier now confirms the submission of the copyright form¹ by sending you an E-mail with an HTML attachment called Order Confirmation.html. What’s inside? A two-section document, the second section having the title “Order Confirmation” and, among others, the fields: “Order number” and “Order date”.
Fuck you Elsevier! I’m not buying shit, I’m publishing a fucking paper!
Some colleagues refuse submitting or reviewing papers to Elsevier journals. As an early career researcher, I find it difficult to do because I have multiple colleagues exploited by Elsevier, and I do need to maintain good karma in my relationship with them. However, since interacting with this “publisher” gets worse and worse over time, I am seriously considering losing some karma points.
¹ Publishers in academia very often ask us to waive some of our rights over the article to them so that they can freely handle the profit they get from selling our works to the libraries of our own institutions. We, the authors, are paid nothing for our work. We, the reviewers, are paid nothing for our work. We are supposed to be just happy with the fact that our articles get “published” behind paywalls and with lots of restrictions prohibiting us from actually sharing our papers freely.
Questions to ask when evaluating an online service
1. Are they open source to an extent that you're comfortable with? Do they ask you to run proprietary software on your devices? Is the code running on their servers open?
2. If they claim to be open source, do they use an OSI-approved or FSF-approved software license? If not, they're misleading you.
3. Is your personal data handled by such proprietary software? Do you ever transmit your personal data to their servers? Even if open source, they would be able to read and use this data however they wish and you wouldn't be able to tell - do you trust them to? What if they're compelled by law enforcement?
4. Do the needs justify the personal data they are collecting about you? If not, why are they collecting it?
5. If they claim to use encryption for the data which is transmitted to their server - question whether or not it's really private. Do they ever handle the unencrypted data? For example, if an email service claims to encrypt incoming emails, they have an opportunity to read the unencrypted email before they store it. Do they disclose these "gotcha"s, or do they make clear the limitations of their encryption? Is any encrypted information decrypted by software they control, like their web application, or a desktop application which is automatically updated without your consent? If so, they could decrypt it on your computer and transmit the decrypted data back to their servers.
6. Are they responsible for any scarce resources, like an email address, phone number, and so on, which you wouldn't be able to take with you if you leave? Are there ways to provide the same functionality without scarcity, such as the use of your own domain? If so, why aren't they offering them? How important are these resources to your identity, will your friends be able to find you if you choose to stop using the service?
7. How do they make money? What is their motivation for providing services to you? If their circumstances change, will their values change? How likely is change?
"Go is boring... and that's fantastic"
https://git.mort.coffee/mort/bbbuild Build systems which scale down to tiny projects. The convenience of running `gcc myfile.c` from the CLI, without sacrificing power or reproducability.
Is this at all something people would be interested in?
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a rabbit eating carrots somewhere
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