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wordshaper

@wordshaper@weatherishappening.network

Guy who bakes, snarks, writes, and codes.

Currently at Google (my second search engine employer!), previously at Bloomberg.

One time Perl 6 pumpking, lo these many years ago, as well as core perl contributor and part-time VMS perl port maintainer. I have written the occasional article, mostly on perl. (but once upon a time long ago on the Amiga. Those were the days...)

Currently not in France. Dammit.

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wordshaper, to random
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Not only was the cloud brightening cancelled, I heard the cloud capping and straightening was disallowed too. Probably the insurance wouldn’t pay for purely cosmetic procedures. https://mastodon.world/@davidho/112523936307131154

bruces, to random
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"With any luck it’ll be like the NFT implosion and they all suddenly drop AI and act like none of this ever happened."

*Interesting remark. Is this like the opposite of a Singularity, somehow

wordshaper,
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@bruces everything collapsing into a black hole of suck.

wordshaper, to random
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The amount of time, money, and effort being thrown at these things that people basically aren’t using would be funny if it wasn’t accompanied by massive environmental effects and rampant enshittification. https://flipboard.com/@euronews/sci-tech-vr0v1u2nz/-/a-Wr1tBhxoQl60gBz0k2V2gw%3Aa%3A89340020-%2F0

wordshaper, to random
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Apparently, according to the article, the break even point for an ereader is 36 books. I think… I’m ok.
https://flipboard.social/@CultureDesk/112514114194906242

wordshaper, to random
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This is pretty damn amazing. Even if all it does is reduce the carbon emission of steel making (because it doesn’t go through enough cement to meaningfully affect cement emissions) that’d be huge. https://mastodon.online/@jchyip/112513526166235678

futurebird, to random
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Rent five black SUVs.
Casting call for some wide men in suits. Give a few ear pieces.

Show up at random places, do mundane things. Do not explain. See how long it takes to get in the press.

Better than a casting call you'd really need to have the big guys in your art collective to play the roles ... no one can talk to the press or explain.

Carry a formicarium. The one thing they can say "It's not about her, I can't tell you who she is, of course, but it's not about her, it's that ant."

wordshaper,
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@futurebird I’m now kinda picturing you going full-MIB with this and mostly I’m wondering how hard it is to cast Tommy Lee Jones lookalikes.

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The thing I don’t understand about folks who support what Israel is doing in Gaza is this — if as a child/teen, someone bombed their home, killed their family, made them see their friends incinerated or dismembered, what would they do?

Do people not understand how terrorism thrives? Hopeless young people, with little left to lose, are prime targets for terrorist recruiters. Give them a common enemy, and you’re all set. Israel has created another generation of two of Hamas.

wordshaper,
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@mcnado I have found that many people have a sharp edge to their social network, and anyone on the other side of the edge just doesn’t count.

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There are definitely times when the Urge to do Journalism bites. For example: I'm sat drinking a coffee overlooking Whitstable harbour. There's a ship unloading, and I search for the name. This leads me to find out that it was impounded earlier this year for a bunch of safety violations, and is owned by a reasonably elaborate bunch of shell companies. Probably nothing illegal, but quite a lot of playing "pass the asset" from one company to another.

wordshaper, (edited )
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@ianbetteridge I have, more than once, been tempted to set up a database to keep track of the ownership and interconnections between all these little shell companies. So far laziness has kept me from doing this, which is probably best for my safety. Still, the temptation is there.

wordshaper,
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@BashStKid @ianbetteridge oh, yeah, I worked adjacent to the financial industry for quite a while. I’m definitely familiar with the creativity of the contents in their mandatory reporting.

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wordshaper, to random
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Like it or not (and I’m in the “not” category) a lot of people need cars, at least in the US, because we have totally fucked up our cities and infrastructure. Fixing that will take decades, so the choice isn’t “accommodate EVs or have good infrastructure without cars”, it’s “accommodate EVs or we keep IC cars”
https://mastodon.world/@davidho/112507972132220088

wordshaper,
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@enobacon I would like for that to be the case but there is a lot of the country where we have demolished huge amounts of the cities and have built up ancillary structures that are very spread out and make de-car-ing a long and expensive process.

It took a century to totally mess up a lot of the US, it’ll take decades to undo that. Some areas may never undo it, I mean I dunno what you could do to make cars unnecessary in Phoenix or LA given how they are now.

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I gotta assume every company with a document retention policy or that handles some form of information that requires protection currently has their legal department absolutely freaked out about AI right now.

wordshaper, to random
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Oh. Well. I guess that’s alright then. https://stefanbohacek.online/@stefan/112507411300196529

coffeegeek, to Espresso
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Last night, was setting up the bar area for both a photoshoot later today, and also a small focus group coming over to test these budget espresso machines. Missing from the pic: a Flair Neo Flex $100 manual, portable espresso maker.

Should be... fun? :)

cc @espresso

wordshaper,
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@coffeegeek @espresso nice! I am tempted to say you should tuck a sleeve of nespresso pods somewhere just barely obvious for a bit of fun.

Daojoan, to random
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"Embrace AI or be left behind" is a condescending and heartless ultimatum. A false dichotomy that reeks of debunked social darwinist horse-fuckery.

Tech should adapt to people's needs.

Not the reverse.

wordshaper,
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@Daojoan “embrace or be left behind” — the rallying cry of hucksters, scam artists, and other such trustworthy people.

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  • wordshaper,
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    @mcc this… seems like is is the case. The Basilisk isn’t a future hyper intelligent AI, it’s just a meme that crashed Roko’s brain.

    wordshaper,
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    @mcc “Roko’s Basilisk—proof that some people should do a lot more, or possibly a lot less, drugs.”

    wordshaper, to random
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    We need a variant of Betteridge’s Law where the answer to any headline asking a question with blockchain or crypto in it is getting punched in the face by a giant Acme boxing glove. (For the headline writer, ar least)
    https://mstdn.social/@TechCrunch/112502574239416509

    wordshaper, to random
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    I had wondered about the cap-attached-to-bottle thing. I’m good with it, means I don’t lose the cap, but curious. This quote alone is more than enough reason: “The bloc says that they are one of the most littered single-use plastic products on beaches.”
    https://flipboard.com/@euronews/europe-vn516gnfz/-/a-mEw3zMqRQAaEy5Ut2NSA5A%3Aa%3A89340020-%2F0

    wordshaper, to random
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    I’d be a lot more tolerant of the whole “AI will make us better workers” thing if it was coming from people who actually wanted to work rather than a wanna-be slaveowning class.

    wordshaper, to random
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    I feel sorry for my coworkers who are no doubt scrambling to fix the fundamentally unfixable, but this was such an own-goal that it’s exactly zero surprise. I mean, we index the goddamn internet, we know very well what kind of crap is on it. https://infosec.exchange/@metacurity/112501169596504439

    wordshaper, to random
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    I think it’s more that Scarlett Johansson has a ChatGPT problem. https://mastodon.social/@verge/112496463124668746

    wordshaper, to random
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    Huh, well. Now I know the difference between a Michelin-listed restaurant and a restaurant with a star.

    ovid, to random
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    I've been think a lot about how often people who demand action on climate change, but only if someone else is inconvenienced. I think I've found a synergy of ideas that helps with this.

    Some of this is odious and predictable, such as oil companies agreeing that something must be done, so long as it doesn't hurt their record-breaking profits. 1/9

    wordshaper,
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    @ovid yep. Sorry, I wasn’t clear—raising prices to alter people’s behavior is only useful when there’s a viable alternative or the behavior is optional. For things like raising gas prices there isn’t a good alternative in the short term for many people which makes them punitive rather than motivational.

    I think that higher gs taxes are a good idea but there needs to be an alternative or help. (Which UBI can be, and I rather like UBI)

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