Instance admin just lost their job, might need help
Mstdn.social is one of the largest and nicest instances on the Fediverse, run by an enthusiastic admin called @stux
Unfortunately Stux has today found out that they are fired from their day job 😞
However, by happy coincidence, Stux had just set up a hosting company. If you need web hosting, domain names etc please consider using Stuxhost so that Stux can continue working:
"I will slaughter you" - some emails penetrate even my thick open source maintainer skin. Like this threat.
I'm working for a big tech company in California. Yesterday all employees received an email from our security guys.
We have to deactivate all personal assistant gadgets (like Alexa) during worktime in the homeoffice.
They have evidence that these gadgets are recording audio from conference calls.
Nothing new to me but notable that I've got this order.
Science and Technology links (February 13th 2021): life in Alpha Centauri? Freely available supplement makes middle-aged mice stronger, inexpensive transparent wood https://lemire.me/blog/2021/02/13/science-and-technology-links-february-13th-2021
On the cost of converting ASCII to UTF-16
this porting stuff just isn't fun. cheers to everyone who has grinded out a port -- even once! three cheers to those maintaining ports.
complicated build systems make fixing 'trivial' issues tedious at best. I know what is wrong but heaven help me to find the right knobs/env vars to set in the right places to make it work.
Am now yeeting Excel and doing it in Perl as I should have done in the first place.
Note to young people: “Perl” is a programming language used by old people.
Note to old people: “yeet” is a term used by young people to mean “hurl at high velocity”.
Note to people of all ages: Excel is not a database.
Update: we just got a call from a Google VP who explained the suspension was triggered by a report of extremely abusive content accessible on the http://matrix.org server. Our trust & safety team had already acted on it, and the app should be reinstated shortly.
Don’t be Google
Google has lost touch with their roots. What they did today is the equivalent of banning a web browser because it could access unapproved sites.
Unfortunately, the only effective appeals process is raising a stir on social media. https://twitter.com/element_hq/status/1355504359652663302
What else do you recommend?
This would be excellent.
Science and Technology links (January 24th 2021): Year 2020 was a 'great' year for tech, more great technology to keep mice young and more https://lemire.me/blog/2021/01/24/science-and-technology-links-january-24th-2021
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