Words from my nine-year-old

Heard while he was playing Minecraft on Hypixel:

What, does he think I am afk?

I ended up feeling old telling him what “afk” is an abbreviation of, while wondering how he knew to use it correctly in a sentence.

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The internet that might be?

A pleasant surprise:

(twitter)

Great success: Your protests have worked! The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board. All MEPs will get to vote on #uploadfilters and the #linktax September 10–13. Now let’s keep up the pressure to make sure we #SaveYourInternet!

After JURI refused the Reda compromise and chose to recommend censorship and link tax, I did not expect the European Parliament to vote this way.

As the EU Commission and JURI proposal would have (and still might) destroyed many startups, much online free speech and handed control over public discourse to a few (american) companies, I am happy for this partial success.

Note how this article in Børsen follows the spin from the supporters of the censorship machines; that the proposal was to force Google and Facebook to pay artists more for their art. But…

(Youtube)

The proposal, with comments from Julia Reda. Or, as explained by Ray CorriganMore here.

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About those “100s are reading your Gmail” articles

So, Wall Street Journal has published a story about hundreds of people reading your email on Gmail. The article is being a paywall, but other publications have been kind enough to reproduce the important bits, like BoingBoing and others.

The important part of the story is buried in the articles, but is:

If you have given another company, like through an app, permission to read your emails, chances are that they are. And sometimes that will be done by actual human beings.

Have you given someone permission to do that? You can check, if you have a Google account, at their security checkup, which I must admit is fast and easy to read. Click on the link and you have the information; you will be looking for the option “third-party access” section. Mine looks like this:

So, I have given access to 2 apps, one of them a Proof-of-concept node.js application I was working on, the other my blog so that it can cross-post on Google+.

Yes, Google+ still exists! Crazy, right?

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Facebook as the needy ex

This actually echoes much of how I felt, when I stopped logging into Facebook.

It was easily the longest amount of time I had logged out of Facebook since I joined in 2006, and the team in Menlo Park did not let me forget it. The network sent me a series of bewildering emails—17 messages in nine days—to tell me exactly what I was missing. In the process, Facebook made a better argument for its own irrelevance than I ever could.

I wrote about it here, back then.

I have found articles that was posted exclusively on Facebook, requiring a login. I treat that the same way as I treat paywalls and I have yet to find anything worth the cost of returning.

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Bankpakke X

Som opfølgning på hvad jeg skrev om statens indtjening på Bankpakke II, så er her Nationalbankdirektør Lars Rohde om problemet med at redde bankerne (eller andre brancher for den sags skyld):

“Bankerne har hidtil haft en uudtalt statsgaranti, som har betydet, at bankerne har haft store overskud i gode tider. Til gengæld har staten holdt hånden under bankerne i de dårlige tider,” siger Lars Rohde, der fortsætter: “Men hvis det både er aktionærer og kreditorer, som taber deres penge i tilfælde af bankkrak, så sikrer man, at ledelserne ikke tager for meget risiko, når det går dårligt i økonomien. Dermed sammenfletter man samfundets, ledelsens og aktionærernes interesse.”

Det er naturligvis indlysende, og reelt det der genererede mig mest i oprydningen efter finanskrisen. Ikke kun bankerne blev reddet på trods af deres hidtidige adfærd. Og det betyder at man har belønnet folk for samfundsskadelig adfærd.

Men jeg forstår nødtvunget godt hvorfor man gjorde det. Så lad os følge Rohde’s holdning og gøre det unødvendigt fremover.

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Dealing with clients

Or: Dealing with creative people

(Youtube)

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Looks painful

(Youtube)

From a redditor:

Ooh, zoologist reporting in! Camel mouths are full of cone-shaped papillae that look like this. These protrusions are partly keratinised – keratin being the hard stuff your nails are made out of – which makes them tough n’ semi-rigid, feeling a bit like the middle of tupperware lids when you squish ‘em. The plastic-ey cones not only help protect the mouth from internal damage – scratches, abrasions etc. – when they feed on thorns and other nasties, but they also manipulate the food to go down in one direction.

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Cold as …

Suffering through the heat of this summer, this paper describes the recent measurement of the coldest temperature on Earth ever: -98℃.

That is so cold CO₂ would be a liquid. Chloride would too.

Unsurprising, breathing air that cold would kill you.

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Ha!

Efter at stort set have ignoreret det en dags tid eller deromkring, vil jeg komme med et politisk indspark.

For omkring 20 år siden var det et seriøst, omend upopulært, forslag.

I dag er det en joke.

Det pudsige ved den er dog, at medierne og politikerne behandler det som om det er seriøst. Lidt ligesom når en eller anden præsident tweeter og samme gruppe holder tweeten op og studerer den, som om den er noget virkeligt og seriøst.

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Bankpakke II

Jeg kan huske at en ven skrev forarget om bankpakkerne, at det ikke kunne være rimeligt at bankerne bare fik penge af staten.

Det var selvfølgelig baseret på en historie fra Enhedslisten og troværdigheden var allerede i bund inden den blev delt videre som en del af Facebook’s Moral Parade.

Sandheden er noget andet. Som man kan læse i historien om den sidste bank/sparekasse der i dag tilbagebetaler deres lån, så har det været en god forretning for staten. Godt 46 milliarder kroner blev udlånt og udover at staten har fået det hele retur, har det også givet i omegnen af 10% i rente om året.

Og mon ikke det har finansieret meget andet godt i vores samfund?

Mine holdninger om bankerne, deres drift op til finanskrisen og i øvrigt til redningen af dem er en anden sag. Men bankerne fik ikke bare penge af staten.

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