Recent twts from lukem
@antonio @prologic (#pk4nwxq) I’m pretty sure James knew what he was doing and just tricked me to write another blog post here so that I delay launching my own blog. :) In all seriousness though, I’m very glad to read that. I learnt a lot myself while doing the research for this piece.
@prologic (#m7upqza) in theory the law works fairly well, some companies were fined. In practice, I set my expectations very low. Cases like mine happen everyday and I’d have to hire a personal assistant to post complaints about every single company that does stupid stuff with my data.
@prologic (#m7upqza) there are a few entities that could ever have a dataset consisting of my phone number and my employment information: 1. Recruiters 2. My favorite pizzeria. I’m considering setting a few companies in my country in a legal fire.
@prologic (#k653sma) Well, uhm, wasn’t quick nor dirty. https://twtxt.net/blog/lukem/2020/09/29/on-richard-stallman-and-free-software
I got an international call to my private number from a representative of a certain well-known database provider who was surprisingly well informed who I am and where I work.
I’m very careful to whom and when I give my private phone number and this situation is annoying. I guess someone will get a GDPR data request soon.
(#k653sma) If you’re familiar with RMS agenda then nothing new or insightful to be honest. Fairly well balanced interview in a rather peculiar medium, but I rarely see RMS in mainstream channels so that counts too.
The guy who invented the USB connector died. They lowered the coffin into his grave. Then they lifted it back out, turned it round, and lowered it back in again.
@antonio (#yovseiq) oh yeah, I saw it. Not great, not terrible. :) On a serious note though, the series was thrilling to watch. I was too young to witness it myself but my family could confirm general misinformation and Lugol’s iodine were indeed real.
(#cwgvo6q) @prologic @slashdot on Android, in theory it has very little influence, because you can always sideload any app you want. In practice, quite a lot, because very few people exercise that possibilty. For iPhone/iPad users, unless they jailbreak their device (and I think it’s a much smaller group than people who sideload apps on Android), it effectively means the app is non-existent. So, if you already have the app, you’ll probably need more effort to get more of your friends / relatives into it.
@prologic (#qdt4uda) uBlock Origin for Chrome or Firefox and uBlock Origin Extra for anything Chromium-based. If you learn how to create custom rules (either point’n’click within the extension or writing basic regexes) you essentially possess a superpower.
@prologic (#qdt4uda) Never heard of this, looks similar to Pi-hole on my Raspberry Pi. But DNS blocking doesn’t block 100% of unwanted stuff. First-party or proxied ads still need to be taken care of with browser extensions.
@prologic (#qdt4uda) also, I think I once wrote custom uBlock rules to hide stuff I don’t care about on LI so I lost an ability to answer that kind of questions in a constructive way. :( But yeah, I get your point and I agree it’s gross.
@prologic (#qdt4uda) I’m pretty sure you can disable this kind of ads somewhere in LinkedIn settings so that they refer to you as ‘LinkedIn Member’ rather than using your name or don’t display them at all (not 100% sure though, I haven’t seen them myself for a while).
(#jiwqzsq) @prologic @antonio as for cross-posting, in my blog I’ll have an email subscription, RSS feed and twtxt.txt with titles and urls. I could either utilize those to get my content cross-posted to Twt without my intervention or build a script that could do that via API.
Actually, is it possible to post long blog posts via Twt API?
So, for the first time I signed up for an online event on LinkedIn. This is one of few functionalities that has potential to make this platform fun for me again.
@prologic (#6wbncva) to be honest I’m not so sure. Thumbnails on Twitter save screen space and bandwidth, allowing me to choose what I want to see and skip anything else. I can see reasons why Twitter would want to use an algorythm to generate those, even if it turned out to be flawed. I’m more willing to explain this as an unfortunate chain of events or a side effect of how the algorythm works rather than ‘racial bias’ or any other loaded term stupid journalists want to use here.
(#6wbncva) @prologic @slashdot not whole photos. Only previews presented in the timeline. Except some basic compression you could still see full unaltered version of each image any time you clicked on the preview.
NPM down, no coding tonight I guess.