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isn't new, but now that there is it's described as a new idea. It looks like tech journalists only consider corporate or start-up backed technology worthy of coverage.

We use the word "boilerplate" a lot at work. It's such a strange phrase that seems like it's probably traveled far from its original meaning, so I looked up what that meaning was.

It goes back to newspapers. Large advertisers and content syndicates would distribute ready-to-go printing plates to local newspapers that could easily just go onto the press and be ready to print without any modification. These plates resembled rolled steel that was used to make boilers.

Hence: boilerplate.

programming socks are like audiophile cables except programming socks actually work

Did your grandpa or grandma ever tell you about when the Pyramids were built? Mine didn't and I don't know why they never talked about it, it must have been quite the event.

"The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs" by Taylor Lorenz

Side note: how does Taylor Lorenz figure all this stuff out? Does she hang out with high-school kids? Does she have kids herself, and do their classmates warily regard them as snitches who might spill their secrets to adults who read The Atlantic?

i was out to dinner with an australian friend one time, and we got to arguing whether it was monday or tuesday, and in the course of the argument she grazed my hand while making a gesture and we both blushed and anyway that's when i realized this wasn't just dinner with a friend anymore... we had crossed the international date line

Oh I deleted my gmail account, I’m trying this new thing called email. It’s like gmail but federated.

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90s microsoft: gobernment, can we pwease bundwe our bwowser software wid our opewating system

us government: no fuck you we are suing your ass into the next century

2010s google: hey so we're gonna own a phone OS, the worlds most popular web browser, the browser rendering engine that everyone else except firefox uses, the worlds most popular search engine, and the worlds most popular email service, that cool?

us government: *looks up from playing pokemon* huh? what? oh yeah whatever dont care

So I'm still experimenting issues with an external HDD on Linux and was hoping someone could help me out. Basically, I have a toshiba external HDD that in both NTFS or ext4 copies very slowly like 5mb/s, but if I use it in a Windows OS it copies normally (average 100mb/s). I've tried several ways of formatting in gparted and can't find a decent solution. When I start transferring files to my ext hdd basically it starts at 100mb/s but slowly decreases until it reaches like 5mb/s.

Does anyone know of anyone providing a service where you can register a domain name and provision a VPS (with the domain name pointing to it) automatically? (Ideally with an API also.)

Zuckerberg says, ""I understand that many people don't think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform -- because frankly we don't currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services."

I call that the understatement of the decade.

"Facebook to refocus messaging around encryption and privacy | ZDNet"

Let’s Retire the Phrase ‘Privacy Policy’

True or false:

“When a website has a privacy policy, it means the site will not share my information with other websites or companies without my permission.”

According to my research — a nationally representative phone survey conducted in January and February — a majority of Americans think this is true.

It isn’t. Not even close.

I had to add a vector image of a CNN model to my poster last week and this repository which has some amazing Latex codes for drawing CNNs saved quite a bit of my time:

This is an excellent testimonial to FOSS systems. Regardless of your thoughts on the quality of the product, people bought these things for $900 American. Now, the company is gone and the servers are being shut down. This formerly $900 device is useless for anything other than parts.

"Dying social robot Jibo goes out with a song and a dance"

I'll just say it again: there are no excuses for not using HTTPS on user-facing web tools. Especially if you want users to log in. Especially especially if you build those tools in multiyear well-funded research projects.

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