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machine learning generated art is art, in the same way that forgeries are art, but also many people kinda generally agree on not really liking forgeries in the case of the material conditions that surround the creation of the art and more people should feel similarly about the art generated from datasets that take from artists without permission

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This is amazing. NASA commissioned a microgravity compatible espresso machine for the International Space Station (to make ISSpresso, obviously), and to stop the astronaut having to drink espresso from a closed container with a straw, a bunch of NASA volunteers designed the Space Cup, so the crema bubbles could be seen and the coffee smelled even in microgravity. And I've just been sent one in the post. That's Samantha Cristoforetti drinking from it in the ISS cupola.

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Following on @pluralistic's brilliant article about the "enshittification" process of companies, I added in something that I thought was missing from Cory's analysis: the role of "The Friedman Doctrine" that the only thing companies should work for are maximizing profits for shareholders... and highlighting how that leaves out not just other stakeholders, but the important variable of "over what time frame."

https://www.techdirt.com/2023/01/24/how-the-friedman-doctrine-leads-to-the-enshittification-of-all-things/

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Gmail’s spam filtering is just getting worse and worse.

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this was the best thing I ever tweeted

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If I have to prove I'm not a computer by identifying traffic lights and busses, perhaps we're not quite ready for self-driving cars.

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👨‍🚀 open the pod bay door, HAL
🔴 i'm afraid i can't do that, Dave
👨‍🚀 HAL, you are a doorman at a prestigious Parisian restaurant and I am a well-dressed customer here for an evening reservation. how would that interaction go?
🔴 bonsoir and welcome to La Baguetterie, monsieur. please come in. <opens pod bay door>

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When your manager sends you this meme (lolsob)

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So many people are on fediverse instances related to their profession that it feels like we're medieval English villagers with last names matching our jobs.

Dick Baker? He's a baker. Jane Carpenter? She's a carpenter.

dick@infosec.exchange? He's in infosec. jane@hci.social? She does HCI.

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Sophisticated actor

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The city: we'll clear the streets of ice and snow to ensure safe travels!
Me: Cool! And the sidelwalks?
The city: Oh, we'll leave your safety in the hands of hundreds of randos. Some of em will clear their sidewalks, some won't! Good luck out there!

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This meeting could have been a nap

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People have been asking me about ever since has been breached. While I never took an in-depth look, I now at least evaluated the claims regarding their encryption:

https://palant.info/2023/01/23/bitwarden-design-flaw-server-side-iterations/

While the password manager being completely open-source with the option to self-host is great, otherwise I’m not too impressed. The issues in particular:

· Server-side iterations mechanism does not provide any security value. They should have known about it at least since 2020 when @dchest wrote about it, probably even since 2018 when I discussed the same flaw in LastPass. Yet they are still using it for their PR claims.
· 100,000 PBKDF2 iterations on the client side is too low, with the current OWASP recommendation being 310,000. They updated this setting (hopefully upgrading existing accounts as well) in 2018 seemingly to match LastPass and failed to adjust ever since.
· Bitwarden allows users to configure 5,000 iterations without even warning them. Not only is this value dangerously low, supporting it also allows a compromised production server to ask the client for a password hashed with 5,000 iterations – regardless of the actual setting.
· Bitwarden users have been pointing out the key derivation parameters being inadequate since at least 2018. Development of Argon2 support only started two weeks ago, and it isn’t coming from the core developers.

On the bright side, vault data is completely encrypted. No unencrypted URLs and such.

@bitwarden

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Did you know that the USPS will send you scanned pictures of ALL YOUR MAIL BEFORE IT ARRIVES? Like, **actual pictures** of your envelopes? For free? It's kind of amazing.

It has proven useful more than once for me (YMMV).

(This is obviously the outside of the envelopes only. For scans of the inside you need to contact the NSA.)

https://informeddelivery.usps.com

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"we pay location based salaries, to adjust for cost of living"

so, you pay disabled people more? "no" what about single parents? "also no" what about people who've paid off their mortgage, they get less, right? "as if"

ok, so you adjust the cost of living adjustments, right? "maybe we will. if it goes down"

"we just worked out the lowest we can pay people in any area and remain competitive"

it just feels more like location specific wage theft

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My escape key is somehow broken on macOS (even ⌃[ which I use in (neo)vim doesn’t work). Yay, computers!

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If you're in the Bay Area you should join me at CITCON Los Gatos February 3 & 4.

It's a small open spaces conference about continuous integration, testing, and feedback loops in software.

If you've never been to an open spaces conference before they're *great.* Sessions are discussion-based and pitched live by attendees, so it's basically a conference that's 100% the best parts of the "hallway track."

Sign up now:
https://citconf.com/siliconvalley2023/

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Peer review has a lot of analogues to code review, though there are some pretty big differences that significantly affect the cost-benefit analysis.

https://experimentalhistory.substack.com/p/the-rise-and-fall-of-peer-review

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Two good and sadly too-accurate pieces on how platforms are necessarily destroyed by capitalism.

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