Strange Emails Climate Scientists Receive And Why People Write Them https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/07/30/strange-emails-climate-scientists-receive-and-why-people-write-them/
GitHub starts blocking developers in countries facing US trade sanctions https://www.zdnet.com/article/github-starts-blocking-developers-in-countries-facing-us-trade-sanctions
Jump on the Equifax leak claim wagon. You get $125 in the settlement, automatically. ALSO, you can be compensated at the rate of $25 per hour for time spend remediating their fuckup, and only have to provide documentation if you spent more than 10 hours unfucking them. The official claim site is https://www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/
Recently, Github has restricted people from Iran, Syria, and other regions from accessing their private repositories and the static website host Github Pages.
SWATters Target Dozens of Journalists - https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/07/neo-nazi-swatters-target-dozens-of-journalists/
Oh lovely, another "secretive Christian organization" in the upper echelons of American politics.
Watched an interesting documentary, "Hail Satan?", about the rise of the Satanic Temple.
I highly recommend it.
Since 2015 I've been trying to understand the fissures within the Democratic party and leftwing US politics. I think this gets at one of the more subtle but very present points of conflict.
After I've just rejected another project offer from a company whose company values I disagree with, I started thinking: Wouldn't it be great if all of us IT people could band together and sign a pledge not to work for unethical companies?
If enough of us did it, given how hard it is to find good people in our line of work, we could have a real impact!
Agreeing on a definition of "ethical" would not be easy, but I bet we could find some common ground.
Let me know if this proposal makes sense!
Numerous class-action lawsuits have been filed against companies using nepotism tactics to undervalue those who serve the company. Not a single class-action lawsuit has been taken to proceedings in court, dismissed because these gig-economy "jobs" are not contracts of employment for those various people who fulfill these services.
My rule of thumb is as such:
1) Do NOT use those apps, or participate in the gig-economy.
2) If you do use those apps, TIP in CASH! The currency with little tracking
Software developer, tech tinkerer, and chaotic good.
"Limited" on twitter.
Also, just to piss off the pronoun-phobic: he/him
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