Article note: On one hand, this is always horrifying.
On the other hand, this kind of shenanigans used to be accomplished much more easily; by the late 1800s, the same resources would let one basically have a whiskey with William Randolf Hearst for the same effect.
Article note: Neat. A Systems Concepts SC-40 running TOPS-20, online for all to poke.
The Super Dimension Fortress (SDF) is a networked community of free software authors, teachers, librarians, students, researchers, hobbyists, computer enthusiasts, the aural and visually impaired. It is operated as a recognized non-profit 501(c)(7) and is supported by its members.
They just placed a Digital Equipment PDP-10, manufactured from 1966 to 1983 onto the internet for free access. It’s ironic that the PDP-10 was responsible for creation of ARPAnet, the internet’s predecessor.
Article note: A job with poor pay relative to the required qualifications, poor stability, where you will be villainized and/or harassed by a mixture of parents, politicians, administrators, and fuckin' randos, with an internal and external cultural situation that almost entirely excludes men? A job which recently became ridiculously more difficult due to the pandemic and its after-effects?
It's such a mystery why the state is having a hard time filling teaching positions. We better have some of the same politicians largely responsible for many of those issues discuss it. /s
University of Kentucky elementary education students gather for a workshop at Stonewall Elementary in Lexington, Ky., Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
Article note: I understand that swaths of people are marginally more likely to fall for scams with side-loading, and other vendors of ecosystem-choke-point software will probably take advantage to get a bigger slice of the pie, but the "You _can't_ run software adversarial to the largest-incumbent manufacturer's interests on a device you bought" situation is not really OK. Largely because the web has become intolerable without serious ad-blocking.
The Biden administration wants major changes to the Apple and Google mobile app models, saying the companies "act as gatekeepers over the apps that people and businesses rely on" and enforce policies that "have the potential to harm consumers by inflating prices and reducing innovation."
An analysis of the market and recommendations for lawmakers and regulators were issued today in a report by the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The report was required by President Biden's 2021 executive order on competition and touted by the White House today as being part of "new progress on his competition agenda."
The NTIA concluded that "consumers largely can't get apps outside of the app store model, controlled by Apple and Google," and that "Apple and Google create hurdles for developers to compete for consumers by imposing technical limits, such as restricting how apps can function or requiring developers to go through slow and opaque review processes."
Article note: An interesting exercise in just how difficult and costly it is to evade ubiquitous surveillance now.
Lots of HN commenters missing the point that it was an exercise in documenting the difficulty of not being surveilled while engaging in normal activities, probably because it's easy to not notice you're complicit in something heinous when your paycheck depends on it.
As an immigrat … I come from another culture. And I’m aware of the fact that people elsewhere in the world think differnetly from us. I can, sort of, see us, us Americans, with their eyes. And not all that I see is attractive. I see an insular people who are insensitive to foreign sensibilites, who are lazy, obese, complacent, and increasingly perplexed as to why we are losing our place in the world to people who are more dynamic than us and more disciplined.
— (Kenyan-American Biograpeher) Edmund Morris on CBS’ Face The Nation