Asylum / good praxis Show more
A church in Den Haag has been having an ongoing church service that started on 26 October. This is because Dutch cops aren't allowed to deport people who are at church and they're protecting an asylum-seeker family with credible threats to their lives. https://www.protestantsekerkdenhaag.nl/churchasylum/
This is what church ought to be for. IMO. They're taking donations and looking for volunteers as there must always be at least two people present for the service to continue.
I don't understand why people are surprised by this. AIs are written by people with bias, tested by people with bias, and trained on data sets that contain biases. Why are we shocked that the AIs end up biased? Seems a foregone conclusion to me until we can figure out a better way for them to work.
trans rights Show more
"1,600 Scientists Just Signed A Letter Opposing A Legal Definition Of A Gender Binary" https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/azeenghorayshi/scientists-vs-gender-binary
(continued)re: learning to program as a student:
-Stop comparing your learning progress to others.. it's not a race. There will always be someone better and more knowledgeable than you especially when it comes to specialised interests.
-do take a moment to celebrate the small wins, e.g. "look how far I've come since the start of the year!"
-encourage others with their learning progress too.
-avoid coders who are arseholes to newbies
-find role models/mentor other students/join study groups.
FOSS, ethics, politics Show more
https://github.com/palantir/tslint/issues/4132 We need a new generation of open source licenses, and updates to existing ones, that stipulate specific ethical use cases - such as the kind of ethnic cleansing ICE is doing with Palantir's help - that are beyond the pale and invalidate the right to use.
This will draw a battle line within FOSS and a bunch of white dudes will hop to ICE's side (because this oppression isn't real to them), and we need to fight that battle sooner rather than later.
This is why you always use a standard calendar library. http://yourcalendricalfallacyis.com/
In the twenty-first century censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information. We just don't know what to pay attention to, and often spend our time investigating and debating side issues. In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore.
~ Yuval Noah Harari
Software developer, tech tinkerer, and doesn't afraid of anything.
Just trying to leave the world a modicum better than I found it.
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