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  1. Apr 2021
    1. unsuspecting childlikeness

      I'd also add [learned helplessness] (https://www.britannica.com/science/learned-helplessness) - the constant need for entertainment is definitely a problem, but if we take a deterministic view of these broader design trends the long-term ramifications are even more disturbing - the rise of Web 2.0 has seen a massive shift towards user-friendly platforms, but in addition to cultural infantilization we are seeing a significant decrease in tech literacy - and sometimes these trends manifest simultaneously. For instance, I'm writing this annotation in Chrome, but if I lose internet access my browser tab would allow me to play the endlessly addictive "Chrome Dino" browser game until my connection was restored - this is a fairly innocuous little easter egg (not coincidentally a term also used by Yelp UI designer Yoni De Beule in one of the articles I linked to above), but it does raise some broader questions about the amount of tech literacy and user autonomy these companies want us to have - features like these suggest that passivity is their preferred state for consumers, which is troubling.

  2. May 2020
    1. This code looks useful as a learning resource, but where does "hal" come from? <br>Something is missing!<br>The blue-pill-quickstart repo uses the stm32f1xx-hal crate, but this doesn't have a module: stm32f103xx.<br>Maybe posting you cargo.toml would help

    1. This code looks useful as a learning resource, but where does "hal" come from? <br>Something is missing!<br>The blue-pill-quickstart repo uses the stm32f1xx-hal crate, but this doesn't have a module: stm32f103xx.<br>Maybe posting you cargo.toml would help

    1. This code looks useful as a learning resource, but where does "hal" come from? <br>Something is missing!<br>The blue-pill-quickstart repo uses the stm32f1xx-hal crate, but this doesn't have a module: stm32f103xx.<br>Maybe posting you cargo.toml would help

  3. Nov 2019
    1. Tea cites Chavisa Woods’s recent memoir of sexism 100 Times, Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl and Brontez Purnell’s Since I Laid My Burden Down as examples of books that have fearlessly and artfully tackled themes of power and gender relations, misogyny and sexual violence. “Right now, I think the [publishing] industry is responding to what is happening and saying: ‘Yes we really need these voices, we need these ideas out in the world.’

      So true!

      My review of Chavisa Woods's book is here.

  4. Oct 2019
  5. Nov 2017
    1. Home

      Since interviews is no longer a tab on your site, maybe introduce them on the home page and explain how you used that content throughout the site?

    1. History

      Increase in use of telecommunications seems a little unnecessary to be featured in the timeline and is also a little confusing with the layout of the timeline since it's a large period of time to cover, whereas other items are more like moments in time.

  6. Sep 2017
    1. Someone had to do a better job of explaining to citizens that they were in danger of losing rights they didn't know they possessed.

      This makes me think of Mark Zuckerberg's claim that Internet connectivity is a human right. What do statements like this mean to people who aren't already technologically literate? I have grown up alongside the modern Internet and I still don't understand such a statement. It feels like there is a steep hierarchy of access to information about how to use computers in beneficial ways. Those with a college education in computer science, an already privileged group, are positioned at a further advantage because of their increased control of online resources.

    2. "Imagine a television that talks to you, enables you to communicate with the kids who go to bed before you get home, and that helps you select a movie."

      You mean Alexa?

    1. With digital cash, it is possible to build an electronic economy where the seller can verify that the buyer's credit is good, and transfer the correct amount of money, without the seller knowing who the buyer is.

      Bitcoin

    2. You use the services and contents of the magazine or television network (or online service) to draw a large population of users, who give you detailed information about their demographics, and then you sell access to those users to advertisers

      ... and, what FB does

    3. people aren't all that interested in information on screens, if that is all you have to sell--unless you also offer a way for people to interact with one another

      What Facebook has been able to do.

    1. I'm not so sure myself anymore that tapping away on a keyboard and staring at a screen all day by necessity is "progress" compared to chopping logs and raising beans all day by necessity.

      Ah, THIS highlights a common discussion among IC people.

    2. Hierarchy in the Usenet sense means not a chain of command but a way of simplifying large complex groups of information by branching them as subcategories of fundamental categories. For example, here is how the rec.auto hierarchy works:

      Note the similarity to how Reddit is organized.

    3. They were surprised at how hungry people were for all kinds of conversations on a worldwide basis, once they caught on to this strange new idea of a conversation in text that floated from campus to campus around the globe.

      How has the evolution of online communities been shaped by the fact that the "product" of the earliest communities, the thing they "grew," was conversation? Correspondingly, what role has conversation played in the development of geolocated communities? How are utopian visions and speech connected to one another?

    4. single collective brain may

      Compare H.G. Wells' idea of a "world brain".

    1. more information became available to me than I could handle in a hundred lifetimes.

      Also mind boggling, and perhaps the main thing that separates Paul and I from the rest of you. When we were in college, we didn't have this access. Now you do. The best fictional account of this is the novel Snowcrash, by Neal Stephenson. I highly recommend it.

    2. Another Net visionary by the name of Brewster Kahle conceived of a powerful text-finder that will literally hunt through hundreds of databases and libraries on the Net for text that contains specific information. The tool, developed jointly by Kahle and Dow Jones, Thinking Machines, Apple Computer, and KPMC Peat Marwick, is freely available to Net users as WAIS--Wide Area Information Servers

      Brewster Kahle is also the founder of the Internet Archive.

    3. If they control the conduits for information, the fiber-optic networks and high-speed routers, and they also compete to provide commercial services through that conduit, what effect will that have on their smaller competitors?

      The essence of the net-neutrality question.

    4. in a publicly available document known as an RFC (Request for Comment)
    5. the hacker ethic was that computer tools ought to be free.
  7. Aug 2017
    1. List of Public Conferences on the WELL

      This reminds me of how Craigslist looks today. The same sort of organization but localized to regions

    1. Because we cannot see one another in cyberspace, gender, age, national origin, and physical appearance are not apparent unless a person wants to make such characteristics public

      There are still social markers that come across in "cyberspace," from vocabulary to language to names to assumptions. I'm not convinced that this is a real distinction that can be made.

    2. there are three essential places in people's lives : the place we live, the place we work, and the place we gather for conviviality.

      Oldenburg's argument is that these are three essentially distinct places. Considering that many people now work online, it is worth asking whether this model holds up when the Internet serves as both workplace and "third place."

    3. we were meeting in the sacred space of Parenting, not the bloody arenas of WELL policy or politics.

      This seems somewhat idealistic and based in the assumption that parenting can be separated from politics, which is not necessarily true. I don't believe that this is a barrier that is inherently easier to handle online than in in-person community.

  8. Sep 2016
    1. Hardwoods include mahogany, cedar, primavera, sapote, oak, copa, and pine.

      There are many different kinds of hardwoods that they use.