internet gryphon, they/she

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Cake day: Jan 28, 2022


beyond the points brought up in the article, a good way to tell this is not a good change is that i’ve seen so, so much confusion about what the change here actually does from users of netflix. obviously, this is quite bad for a corporation because if even power users don’t know what’s happening, it’s really unlikely people who don’t use netflix very much will either

super interesting piece here. here’s a bit of it which illustrates just a handful of the many uses of a cellphone in prison, most of which are actually very banal or outright benevolent:

Most of what I knew about illicit electronics came from press releases and news stories that offered example after example of all the bad things people could do with contraband phones, things like trafficking drugs, making threats and running scams. While it’s true those things can happen, over the past three years I’ve also seen a lot of people use their phones for good. Some use them to self-publish books or take online college classes. Others become prison reform advocates, teach computer skills, trade bitcoin or write legal briefs. I’ve seen a whole plethora of savvy and creative uses that fly in the face of stereotypes about people behind bars. “Our cell phones have saved lives,” a man in prison in South Carolina told me.

geoengineering has always struck me as uniquely cynical and bleak, in no small part because it seems to be an admission that its advocates legitimately think it is a more straightforward or viable project than “trying to get governments to emit less carbon”

it’s great to see countries take in refugees in any context, and particularly good in this one, i think

to avoid confusion, i’ll remove this post now since we have a thread covering the new information on this incident.

i believe we’ve previously had a discussion on this here, but alas i cannot find it right now.

this is an objectively bad thing for basically everyone, kanye especially, but in the moment all i have to say is: i can’t believe candace owens has actually found someone to offload this stupid fucking grift project onto, much less someone of as much cultural importance as kanye west

goes without saying: this is bad! practically speaking though, what is the utility here–is it the same principle as remote-controlled bombs that some PDs have?

a much necessary step both for the community but also generally: it is absurdist that we have entire sections of police for schools when 1) it demonstrably contributes to worse outcomes for everybody and 2) the conflict mediation and intervention generally needed in schools is something we don’t train cops for and simultaneously have entire professions dedicated to.

it’s that time of the year for this fun bit of levity. the week is only halfway done and runs through the 11th.

my general experience with this: i didn’t get one until 17, and the only time it was inconvenient was when i needed to schedule a pick-up time for the bus stop with my parents, since i’d have to rely on someone else’s phone. beyond that though, didn’t really have an issue not having a phone; even now, i mostly just use it when we go out and it’s not my primary mode of communication.

for example, there are two runescape wikis, because the official runescape wiki used to be hosted on fandom. they moved in 2018 because fandom is terrible, but the inferior fandom copy that is largely mothballed still exists (and still turns up 3rd if you search “runescape wiki”) because fandom basically won’t let you unilaterally close your community’s wiki, even if you want to move.

amusingly, one of the groups musk was using to fund this deal backed out earlier, so i’m not totally sure who he’s going to replace them with–but as expected this acquisition is a huge mess.

I’m not really arguing with your point or anything, free culture just doesn’t really save us here.

arguably a bigger problem with wikia/fandom is unintentionally caused by free culture: sometimes they’ll fight you on moving your content off their service–a thing they are technically justified by license in doing–which as i understand has historically been a problem with a few wikis fleeing the site.

This looks like a trainwreck in many ways.

the way they implemented this has been so bad–i have no idea what they thought was going to happen, and i’m glad they’re scrapping it but arguably the damage was done here already.

catastrophic and awful (and seeing this happen in other countries really underscores how anomalous the US is because we’ve had several with comparable death tolls)

more like “the society’s ridiculous standards made some men insecure about their heights”.

yeah this is a thing which is more or less directly caused by conventional beauty standards, it’s not a thing that happens in a vacuum! phrasing it like that is a weird choice.

their core ideas:

nobody has gotten it quite right yet

we think existing platforms have some good ideas, but no one’s managed to create one without profound flaws. we’re borrowing liberally from other sites, but we want to build cohost into something that works well and serves its users rather than just another clone. there is value in being in the same place as everyone

on a web without functioning search engines, blogs and friends-only sites may be okay for some, but they leave people who are scraping by on public visibility and word of mouth in the lurch. …but nobody wants a digital panopticon

on modern social media, there is an ever-present fear that someone will see your post, have their own bad faith interpretation, and decide to ruin your day over it. platforms are often built to encourage this sort of behavior to drive up engagement, but they don’t have to be. metrics are ruining our lives

modern social media is designed around a vicious feedback loop that keeps users Engaged at the expense of their mental health, all in order to make their executives more money. the value of social media is its posts

we aren’t the ones providing the most important part of cohost — you are. cohost exists to give you ways to express yourself and stay in touch with your friends.

my suspicion is this will not be “successful”, but i am interested in it because it feels like this kind of stuff–which is closer to how stuff on the internet used to be–is the next “innovation” in social media to be had.

i think these are generally and baseline good ideas, yes. i would emphasize the necessity of curating a space for yourself in particular through liberal use of filters and blocks, if possible; there’s really no point in engaging with people who make you feel miserable online!

not surprising at all, and in fact italy specifically is a really good example of how this can manifest. due to the widespread political conspiracies and corruption during the years of lead, the country has an equally widespread distrust of basically all its political figures, so conspiracism has taken a very strong root there. last year polling found 20% of the population suspicious of 5G, 11% of the population believing vaccination was useless, and almost 65% of italians believing big multinationals were “responsible for everything that happens to us”.

Advertising has a habit of grabbing any available space where we look, and if train windows are available, I’ll bet it’s going to happen any time soon. No, I’d expect it would not happen on those beautiful Alpine railways… But on dreary subway trains, oh yes! Maybe a nice use would be to display passing Alpine scenery on a subway train?

i’m reminded of the ongoing, piecemeal adoption of advertising screens on glass doors in supermarkets, which is a particularly cynical and dystopian, egregious example of this. i fully expect similar to happen with train windows if an opportunity arises.

Sixty-seven percent of voters were in favor of the code, with 33 percent opposed, according to a press release from Cuba’s National Electoral Council. In addition to legalizing same-sex marriage and civil unions and allowing those couples to adopt children, the updated Family Code also enhances women’s rights and the rights of the elderly, promotes equal sharing of domestic responsibilities, legalizes surrogate pregnancies, and provides the legal basis for prenuptial agreements, per Reuters. The code also enhances children’s rights: Rather than having “custody” of children, parents are said to have “responsibility,” and must be “respectful of the dignity and physical and mental integrity of children and adolescents,” adding that older children should be granted greater agency.

i’m glad coverage is also noting the broader changes to the legal code; they’re arguably as substantial and good as legalizing same-sex marriage is

oh, how i wish jacobin would just stick primarily to stuff like this, because it really is where they excel as an outlet. pretty short, to the point, and not overly complicated; this feels like something i could quote to someone who isn’t really politically involved and they’d nod along.

san francisco mandated buildings over a certain size in certain areas of the city have a system for sorting water that can be recycled from other waste, and then didn’t build the water facility necessary to actually recycle the water, so all but one of the purple pipes that define the system lead nowhere. efforts to build a water facility which can actually connect to some of the pipes have since been written off as too expensive, even though they’re literally building another water facility right now.

San Francisco will open a recycled water plant on the west side of the city next spring, but this $216 million facility will not connect to any buildings but instead irrigate Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park Golf Course, the Presidio and other landscaping areas.

The latest attempt to build a recycled water facility on the city’s east side, where the buildings with purple pipes are located, fizzled this spring after officials deemed the price tag prohibitive.

just incredible stuff here

turkey’s trajectory has gotten increasingly alarming as it looks like Erdogan might be in serious political trouble; somewhat worried about what’s going to happen there in the next few years and this is high on the list.

Wake me up when the cryptocurrency community decides that these scams are a bad thing and something needs to be done about them, so far it looks like that community is more than happy they happen, as long as it helps provide liquidity to the space.

i’m reminded of how when dan olson did his big video on crypto at the beginning of the year he found the community more or less encouraged basic financial fraud schemes like pump-and-dumps and how if you made an NFT project–heavily tied to cryptocurrency–artificially inflating the value was a prerequisite to show you cared about your investors. the whole ecosystem is really just a nesting doll of scams, lol.

one of the funny consequences of this downstream is it’s bled heavily into fascist aesthetic; no doubt if you’ve spent enough time on twitter or another such website you’ve run into the traditionalist who thinks the bleached roman statue or the great, bland roman building is the pinnacle of art and who doesn’t realize they weren’t like that before

i do regularly check the guardian, and post articles from them on here probably about once a week; i have not seen anything you have implied here in my examinations of their content or what i post, hence why i’m asking

i mean, if you’re this confident in making the assertion and it’s that obvious, this should be extremely trivial to back up with an actual source, or literally anything which supports the point.

the guardian is a mouth piece for western weapons manufacturers and war hawks. it’s owned by a billionaire. they have contracts with mi6 and the pentagon and other western nationalist security agencies

i’m gonna need to see a citation for that one; there are many critiques you can throw at the guardian but this honestly just reeks of “they don’t promote my worldview uncritically, so they’re a mouthpiece for all the things i don’t like”

roblox is literally one of the most popular multiplayer games currently on the market and probably has like 95% brand recognition among people under 13 so yes, a lot of people play roblox.