@todayilearned is (was) that even possible? A floppy would not run (as far as I remember) anway but the right way (and even so, not always!)

@AnnaOutOfSp4ce curious, someone was talking about that film somewhere else just yesterday. I'll take it as sign that it is time for me to watch it again. It is a masterpiece

"A famous linguist gave a lecture in a Dublin University. He said that "in many languages a double negative meant a positive, but there was no language in which a double positive meant a negative". He was interrupted by a loud voice from the back of the auditorium, "Yeah, right!""


@pverdegem when they say pro-inovation (which is the argument Uber uses, for example) what they mean usually is pro-unlimited-unregulated-ruthless-profit-no-matter-what

If 376 cops is not a sufficient number to overcome someone armed with a particular weapon, perhaps that weapon is too dangerous to allow in the hands of the general public abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/uv

To future historians—not just of computing, but of humanity—the current period will be a dark age.

How was Facebook used by students in the 2010s? We cannot show you, that version of Facebook is not hosted anywhere.

How did MySpace look around 2009? We don't really know, the Wayback Machine only shows a limited amount of static content, and there may only be a few surviving screenshots

What correspondence did Vint Cerf have as president of the ACM with other luminaries of computing industry and research? We do not know; Google will not publish his emails.

What was it like playing Angry Birds on an iPhone 3G? We do not know; Apple is no longer distributing signed receipts for that binary.

What did the British cabinet discuss when they first learned of the Coronavirus pandemic? We do not know; they chatted on a private WhatsApp group.

What books were published analysing the aftermath of the Maidan coup in Ukraine? We do not know; we do not have the keys for the Digital Editions DRM.

How was the coup covered in televised news? We do not know; the broadcasters used RealVideo and Windows Media Encoder and we cannot read those files.

We have to ask ourselves how we are going to preserve and transmit knowledge about our age to the next generations. Knowledge about an age where information is produced, consumed and discarded within hours, days or months, or where it's only stored on the server rooms of a handful of corporations, with no guarantees that those businesses will exist in the future, and with no way of accessing that information unless a certain set of regulatory, hardware, software pre-conditions are met.

That's why projects like the Internet Archive deserve more recognition and funding. That's why web scraping should not only be a civic right, but a civic duty to the next generations. Otherwise all the knowledge about the great age of information will be transmitted orally - with all the distortions that such transmission implies.


@xleo thanks! Not much yet. It's a six-episode limited series, drama. Team of four writers including the series' creator and yours truly 🙃

Starting on a new project next week and very excited about it. My second screenwriting job in Europe. It's exciting (and a bit frightening) to be starting up, sort of, on a career after doing it for almost 25 years.

@Giagia save some of those ice cubes for your neck. I come from Rio, Brazil, sort of know a little about surviving heat :)

Hey Fediverse, I need your help!

I am currently looking for a high #performance #notebook which works reliable in #hot #conditions like hot #summer days. It does not need to be the most #slim or #portable machine since I am going to use it at a #desk 90% of the time.

It also needs to be #supported by #Arch #Linux, i.e. by the latest Linux #kernel.

My research so far points to #AMD hardware (CPU and GPU), but I am curious if any of you has some experiences to share.

Boosting appreciated! :)

This, right here, is why companies everywhere should not use social media alone for service status updates.

The fact that Proton's status page says we should go to Twitter for "more information" means that Proton is less accessible to folks without Twitter accounts. And that's no good.

A thing I wish more people in tech understood: Being able to choose your hardware at all, much less have the time to have opinions about it, is a major luxury, a sign of significant privilege.

An awful lot of people don't own their hardware. And I don't mean in the open source "you don't really own an android phone" sense, I mean it's a fleet vehicle work bought from the lowest bidder, locked down and handed them, or their parents (or controlling spouse) bought, or it's a library machine....

@sugar I don't know you, but in my case conspiracy theories about myself make total sense. I have always been my worst enemy

A GARÇONNIERE is _____________.

If you don’t know take your best guess.

Please boost to get more responses.

Check back tomorrow for the correct answer.

@AlexW I mean mostly what Google offers us based on A.I. and its own spying on us. Like, for example, you buy a train ticket, it reminds you of the trip, ads it to calendar... Also the integration between services Google offers, that is very convenient, but at the cost of privacy.

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