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Here’s my latest posts to the free fediverse, some rambling, some ranting, mostly just commenting on stuff I’ve read lately. Some of it gets syndicated to Facebook or Twitter but mostly not and Facebook will be deleted soon.

“Team ModeRNA represent.…”

Team ModeRNA represent.

I'm knackered now, but I think that's from walking two miles there and two miles back rather than the jab.

“In the last few years, Faceboo…”

In the last few years, Facebook has been dedicated to privacy...


Let me rephrase that...

In the last few years Facebook has been dedicated to monitoring our private lives.


It depends on how much you value your data and privacy, because if you don't want to put a value on it, I know a company that will.


Some confabulating between Whatsapp/Facebook here, but he's mostly not wrong you know.


“Just because it came up in con…”

Just because it came up in conversation and there's never enough of this sort of things.

“I have little time for the pat…”

I have little time for the patent system in general, and medical patents in particular often seem to be the most egregious of the terrible thwarting of humanitarianism that the patent system produces.

Every capable plant on the planet should be making that vaccine (or even more important medicines) and doing it with free open-source open-publication share-the--science attitudes, rather than fucking capitalism inventing idea-monopolies just to be sure they can concentrate the wealth.

Fuck them, fuck their patents. If I had the recipe and techniques I'd leak them immediately and if I were in a jury I'd never convict a patent violator.

We can fund medicine directly with grants and prizes, we don't need this inhumane counter-productive tower of bullshit about owning ideas.

Same goes for software really.

“Because Google is evil and det…”

Because Google is evil and determined to make every site opt-out of their insane user tracking, all my personal websites now give a header response:

> Header set Permissions-Policy "interest-cohort=()"

So that's about 36 extra characters on every single request to my servers to tell Chrome not to start categorizing and spying on people.

Fucking bullshit surveillance capitalist nightmare future when I have to spend time telling corps not to spy on my users pretty please.

“If you wanted to rescue all yo…”

If you wanted to rescue all your e-books from the Kindle enclave then you should have done it by 2016 when the new version of the Kindle reader made it impossible to break the DRM any more.

Which means to do it now you have to prevent the Kindle app upgrading, uninstall it, find the old 2016 version of the Kindle app, install that, re-download your ebook library, and then import it through a DeDRM program into a libre book-reader app.

And then probably convert it to epub depending what kind of device you might want to read on.

Probably easier to just refuse to buy DRM books in future.

“Anecdote isn't data but everyo…”

Anecdote isn't data but everyone I know who has had blood-clots got them before they had the vaccine.


A list of the last few things I’ve enjoyed reading/watching or sometimes bookmarked to read later. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed here or follow the little robot on the fediverse that toots them out as I bookmark them.

This Plant-Inspired Robot Could Save Your Life - YouTube

Veritasium on cool wormy compressed-air robots. Seems like something you could make giant Dune-like sandworms from.

Predictive Coding has been Unified with Backpropagation - LessWrong

The paper Predictive Coding Approximates Backprop Along Arbitrary Computation Graphs[1:1]
"demonstrate[s] that predictive coding converges asymptotically (and in
practice rapidly) to exact backprop gradients on arbitrary computation
graphs using only local learning rules." The authors have unified
predictive coding and backpropagation into a single theory of neural
networks. Predictive coding and backpropagation are separate hardware
implementations of what is ultimately the same algorithm

Invisible Marble Run - YouTube

Put glass dominoes and marbles into an oil mixed to have the same refractive index, and you can build a marble run with invisible marbles.

Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change? - YouTube

Kurzgesagt on Nuke Power and Environmentalism

Why the Muon g-2 Results Are So Exciting! - YouTube

Ten minute PBS video on the latest physics story: The g-2 measurement everyone's talking about.

Everything The West Claims It Values Is Invalidated By Its Treatment Of Assange

Our values are not our values, here's how you can tell

The Strange Convulsion in Scottish Politics - Craig Murray

That is the difference between the SNP and Alba. Do you really want Independence, or is it just a genteel discussion point?

Monty On The Run by Rob Hubbard Chords, Melody, and Music Theory Analysis - Hooktheory

Monty On The Run, the main verse bit, in a nice piano-roll thing which deserves further investigation at some point.

Rationalism before the Sequences - LessWrong

ESR talking about growing up before Yudkowski's Rationalist Reformation

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