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This One Trick Will Revolutionize Your Use of Social Media: Block fuckwits.

On social media, the advantage is that a large userbase and participation. The disadvantage: it's 99.9999% crap.

What's working for me is to filter ruthlessly. If someone is disruptive, ideological, insane, or crazy-making, I'll block them without thought (I used to agonize over that, I don't any more).

High signal is rare, but odds of missing out by blocking idiots are low.

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"Pseudonyms and anonymity are also an established part of many cultures -- for good reason."

- Alma Whitten, former Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering, Google

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On authors who were publishing information technology panopticon concerns in the 1980s, or earlier

A quickie dump.

Paul Baran / RAND

  • "On the Engineer's Responsibility in Protecting Privacy"

  • "On the Future Computer Era: Modification of the American Character and the Role of the Engineer, or, A Little Caution in the Haste to Number"

  • "The Coming Computer Utility -- Laissez-Faire, Licensing, or Regulation?"

  • "Remarks on the Question of Privacy Raised by the Automation of Mental Health Records"

  • "Some Caveats on the Contribution of Technology to Law Enforcement"

Largely written/published 1967--1969.

Willis Ware / RAND

Too numerous to list fully, 1960s --1990s. Highlights:

  • "Security and Privacy in Computer Systems" (1967)

  • "Computers in Society's Future" (1971)

  • "Records, Computers and the Rights of Citizens" (1973

  • "Privacy and Security Issues in Information Systems" (1976)

  • "Information Systems, Security, and Privacy" (1983)

  • "The new faces of privacy" (1993)


Shoshana Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power (1988) Notably reviewed in the Whole Earth Catalog's Signal: Communication Tools for the Information Age (1988).

"Danger to Civil Rights?", 80 Microcomputing (1982) (

"Computer-Based National Information Systems: Technology and Public Policy", NTIS (September 1981)

"23 to Study Computer ‘Threat’" (1970)

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"Privacy and Information Technology" bibliography is largely 1990--present, but contains some earlier references.

Similarly "Privacy"

Credit Reporting / Legislation

US Privacy Act of 1974

Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 - Queensland Government, Australia

Arthur R. Miller, The assault on privacy: computers, data banks, and dossiers

"The Computer, the Consumer and Privacy" (1984)

Richard Boeth / Newsweek

The specific item I'd had in mind:

Richard Boeth, "Is Privacy Dead", Newsweek, July 27, 1970

Direct PDF:

Based on an HN comment:

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My present Recaptcha policy:

Request audio.

Respond "Fuck you Google"

Repeat until access granted, or the joy fades.

Bonus: All audio AI parsing tends to "Fuck you Google".

CNN, Fox Business, other news outlets plan coordinated reporting on Facebook leaks on Monday, 25 October

Full story is paywalled, but then again, the real story will hit in 3 days.

It's definitely Onyx / BOOX. The device's default launcher does not support widgets.

I've got a fairly ugly workaround for now, see:

TL;DR: install the Nova Launcher.

That's possible through the Aurora Store, an alternative to Google Play, if you happen to avoid that as I do. Aurora itself is installable from F-Droid.

You can then interact with and add Termux actions from Nova7, as detailed in the issue. You'll probably want to set Onyx's ContentBrowser as the default launcher, so that you can access Onyx's own apps. In particular, NeoReader (the book-reading app, the main reason you likely bought the device) is not launchable from Nova.

Ain't it grand when an OS can't even manage to have a unified launcher for all applications... Sigh.

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OK, it's looking as if Onyx is relevant.

The Android version is heavily skinned, and the default launcher ... doesn't do widgets, or have any way to install / configure / display them.

(Widgets are free-standing applets that display directly on the home-screen, like clocks, calendars, stock or news tickers, weather, etc.)

So I'm trying to find an alternative, Widgets-capable, launcher Preferably in F-Droid.

Unlauncher isn't...

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Please share this as much as you can. We are trying to prevent evictions. Built this site to make it easier to share info. Linktree stuff will be fleshed out as more supporters use it. #theWorkshop #community #fuckcapitalism

Termux:Widget issue (Termux / Android / BOOX)

I’m trying to get Termux:Widget, an app for creating Android launchers for executables under Termux working. There is no joy.

Full description at link. Any assistance appreciated.

Replication by any BOOX users would be useful to know.

Total Knew about Climate Impacts in 1970s

#French colossal #fossil #TotalÉnergies knew about the dangers of #ClimateChange as early as 1971, but has spent much of the last 50 years either denying #ClimateScience or privately pushing delays in #ClimateAction, according to a forthcoming article in the journal Global Environmental Change.

A more complete obituary (in English):

"Mihály Csíkszentmihályi- Flow Theory Architect, Hungarian-American Psychologist, Dies Aged 88"

That also links a TEDx talk by Csikszentmihalyi:

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Fiction has the power to have us imagine other ways we and the world could be. Art has revolutionary power.

"What is to be Done," is, by all accounts, a pretty terrible novel. But it inspired in Lenin this model of an ideal revolutionary - a person without emotional ties, living and breathing the revolution. Lenin himself declared that the book inspired him in building himself.

Anyway, be a revolutionary and read some #UrsulaLeGuin

#scifi #fiction

old racist "science" mention, hot-take 

Phrenology never really went away, we just call it "data science" now.

tired: machine learning
wired: learning machine
inspired: plastic educator

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has died

Best known, and far more easily spelty by English-speakers, for his work on the pschology of flow states, particularly in his book Flow, he was a Hungarian-American psychologist associated with Caremont Graduate University, the University of Chicago, and Lake Forest College.

I'd had a brief email exchange with him over a concept he'd raised in an essay. Discussion drifted to other Hugarian (and Austrian) notables, ncluding the Polanyis (Karl and Michael). He'd known their neice, Eva Zeisel Polanyi, a ceramicist, and he dropped this small-world gem:

Karl Popper used to go hunting in the summers through the Carpatian Mountains with my grandfather; occasionally they were joined by August von Hayek, who later also got a Nobel in Economics . . . I learned a lot about my grandfather from him . . . And indirectly a lot from Popper, whose Das Logik Der Vorschung (translated into English with the strange title of The Logic of Scientific Discovery) was for years my Bible.

I'd first heard of his Flow concept on a public radio interview I caught whilst on a road-trip through a remote rural high plateau, in the 1990s. Highly memorable and mildly surreal listening to his voice as the countryside flowed past.

Vale, Mihaly.

HN discussion:

Based off the chatter I see today it looks like Donald Trump's new social media platform "Truth Social" is a fork of Mastodon.

The platform hasn't yet "gone public" (and as far as I can tell, hasn't yet expressed an interest in federating) but some instance moderators are already following the process of blocking federation between their servers and truthsocial.

Watch LIVE NOW! Join the #EncryptionDay press conference where #GlobalEncryptionCoalition members and Edward Snowden will be answering questions from #journalists from around the world.

#Encryption #MakeTheSwitch

Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: Imperfections in your Bluetooth beacons allow for unstoppable tracking; and more!

Archived at:



► Integrated Circuits Backdoors news :

Undocumented X86 instructions to control the CPU at the microarchitecture level in modern Intel processors.

Hey! has anyone had good luck with any open source video editors or video encoders on an m1 mac (mini)?

We use kdenlive everywhere, so I'd like to keep using kdenlive, but (using kdenlive daily) rendering is like 10FPS for webm and h264.

I might have better luck if I recompile kdenlive and ffmpeg, but I *hate* compiling stuff on macos.

Any ideas?

#Facebook plans to change its name as part of company rebrand – report

Dear #Fediverse, this is the opportunity we get once in a lifetime -- we can suggest a new name for Facebook!

Quick first ideas:
- Failbook
- The Antisocial Network
- Zuckity
- Tire-All Corporation
- Aperture Data Science

Finish this sentence:

Encryption is...

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