With the recent news it's worth revisiting the concept of "stochastic terrorism". The violence now targeted at Trump's critics was inevitable and sadly we're probably going to see more of it:
climate disruption, bitcoin
If Bitcoin were to cease trading tomorrow, 0.5% of the world’s electricity demand would simply disappear. This is roughly equivalent to the output of ten coal-fired power plants, emitting 50 million tonnes of CO2 per year – which would cover one year’s worth of the carbon emission cuts required to limit temperature rises this century to 2C.
https://czep.net/17/legion-of-lobotomized-unices.html hits a note with me. I was the sysadmin of one in the last era of the unix-as-social-pod servers (circa 1998-2002). I, too, am nostalgic, but it was hard to argue when all my user-friends left for livejournal and myspace.
Against all evidence, city of Savannah claims googly eyes glued to Revolutionary War statue are "not funny"
The new http://common-lisp.net/ site looks pretty nice.
Columbus Day thoughts
I don't like the usual replacement of Indigenous People's Day, because it's not nearly active enough. Yup, those Indigenous people. There they are.
I think people should take a good hard look at their own sordid history.
You oppressed people out there, you wouldn't need to do anything. Just talk, if you are moved, while we try to listen.
Columbus Day thoughts
I wish that instead of Columbus Day, we would have Atonement Day.
This would be a day where we who are privileged reflect on how we abuse our power and benefit from an abusive system. How our wealth comes largely from colonialism, where a handful of countries enslaved the world and took all their shit. To reflect that, as individuals, we could not possibly repay the world in our lifetimes for hundreds of years of injustice.
Then we try to make amends by working on it.
The security/privacy paradox:
To make a system secure and private, it needs to be 100% transparent to the Good People, and 100% opaque to the Bad People.
But the system has no way of knowing whether any given People are Good or Bad.
They may even be the exact same People at the exact same time, just seen through different People's eyes.
Why you can't have privacy on the Internet - a thoughtful read.
Chinese government allegedly inserts tiny chip which backdoors networks all over the place https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies
Okami video game
Okami is easily one of my favorites, but you would think some of these remakes would:
a) make the 15 minute intro cutscene skippable. I mean seriously, wtf.
b) add a hard mode for players that want a tiny bit of challenge. The upgrades are almost worthless because the base level is just so easy. My seven year old just beat it without dying and skipping almost all the side stories.
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