Månedsarkiv: august 2019

A paradox about lysenkoism

Lysenkoism was an anti-scientific campaign that dominated the Soviet Union during Stalin’s rule. Lysenkoism basically rejected the scientific principle and instead promoted blatantly anti-science; it wasn’t pseudoscience, it was anti-science. Obviously, this being in a communist nation, the cost was … Læs resten

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Concept creep

Concept creep: The tendency for the definitions of harms like abuse and prejudice to be gradually expanded over time. In Gurwinder Bhogal’s “How Progress Blinds People to Progress“, concept creep could be the explanation how USA ended up on a … Læs resten

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Seeing politics through coloured lenses

Some time ago Bernie Sanders appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience on Youtube. Sanders is talented and thrives on platforms that doesn’t actively try to sabotage him. Therefore I wasn’t surprised that he performed well with Rogan; many comments from … Læs resten

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Lincoln and the slaves

The nuances of details: Abraham Lincoln absolutely wanted to abolish slavery as he saw it as immoral and unjust. But he also didn’t think the freed slaves could live in the same nation as their former masters, so he wanted … Læs resten

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UCS-2; the Unicode character set that failed

Having spent far too many hours working with Unicode, I think this story of UCS-2 and how it failing to become the standard caused all sorts of trouble, is interesting. Around 1996, the Unicode consortium decided that no, 16 bits was … Læs resten

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Hypocrisy is the ultimate power move

This hit me hard: Hypocrisy is the ultimate power move. It is a way of demonstrating that one plays by a different set of rules from the ones adhered to by common people. Hypocrisy demonstrates how unaccountable one is to … Læs resten

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Computer Security

I think we’ve all been there.

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Stop feeding the troll

Trolls can only be dealt with in one way – ignore them. Or to quote Dave Winer: Trolls die in darkness I’ve completely had it with people who RT the troller-in-chief. When you RT him you shine the light on … Læs resten

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College and politics

Looking to USA, this should scare a lot of people: Sure, it is driven by Republican’s changing the view on colleges, and if we follow the predominant narrative in Europe about Americans, this is due to identity politics and the … Læs resten

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Listening in on other people’s children

Since apparently someone still thinks this is news, here we go again: Microsoft had third parties listening* in on Xbox recordings, sometimes of children and sometimes of recordings that had been made by mistake. I’ll repeat: Any internet connected camera … Læs resten

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