flaviomatani: (the wall hammer landscape)
( May. 1st, 2017 05:53 pm)
This Ars Technica story could be more, long lasting bad news, as it is part of a deliberate policy by the current US administration -they seem to have decreed that climate change does not exist. Echoes of King Canute...


https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/epa-purges-climate-change-information-as-part-of-website-updates/
I must be one of the few people still using Google Plus. There are a few peeps there that are not on FB or LJ/DW; I also follow a few communities (mostly on classical guitar, science-fiction, pop science… I’m predictable like that. One feed I read is that of NASA. It is nearly always interesting but I have to refrain from reading the comments. Why does NASA seem to get more than the usual share of crackpots, conspiracy theorists and just plain loonies? One interface detail I definitely don’t like about G+ is the way it shows a comment at a time, then the next one, in succession. This draws your eyes in and makes it difficult, at least for me, to avoid looking at the wacko comments by said crackpots, conspiracy theorists and loonies. There still are people around that believe that ‘all of it’ (space exploration, modern science, etc) is a hoax made up by the System to keep them subjugated. No idea how that is supposed to work but TBH I can’t be all that bothered to find out how a mind like that works.

Amongst several interesting feeds I follow there, one that stands out is Open Culture (they also have a web site here -just in case :)
Interesting piece in Zdnet, if a little bit rather a personal attack, on the guy at Google who came up with Google Plus. Ephitets apart, it does reflect something that I've felt about Microsoft, Google and to an extent also Apple: they may have good intention to begin with ('do no evil..') but their developments and policies encroach in our lives in a way that in time may make Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' look like child's play:

http://www.zdnet.com/thanks-for-nothing-jerkface-7000030306/
flaviomatani: (sad mac)
( Jun. 7th, 2014 09:25 am)
Interesting piece in Zdnet, if a little bit rather a personal attack, on the guy at Google who came up with Google Plus. Ephitets apart, it does reflect something that I've felt about Microsoft, Google and to an extent also Apple: they may have good intention to begin with ('do no evil..') but their developments and policies encroach in our lives in a way that in time may make Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' look like child's play:

http://www.zdnet.com/thanks-for-nothing-jerkface-7000030306/
flaviomatani: (computery)
( May. 26th, 2014 11:23 am)
To those friends who in the last week or so have re-discovered Livejournal and think it's all retro-cool: I see you and I raise you: ICQ! Prompted by a discussion on FB (which started about the political situation and that horrid little man, but people have got tired of that so it soon diverged and I'm just as tired so I won't even name him or his party) and soon diverged into a conversation about ye auld social media, I dug out my old ICQ login and lo, my two accounts are still there. Surprisingly, nobody in my contact list seems to ever be online. And, if I remember correctly, I got out of ICQ because I developed the same distaste for IM that I have for the telephone: it requires your response there and then, whereas email or other messaging systems allow you to take your time and think what you're going to say (not that I ever properly do, there is always something I overlook).

In any case, for what it may be worth, I'm 'Flav' (27539236) and 'From the little Planet' (er, the number was here just now... never mind) in ICQ...
Hating the new livejournal layout. It took me a while to find how to log in again, even. Yeah, let's make it simple and put large fonts and make it more like facetwit. And mobile.

[Edit ] Ah, it has reverted to the previous look once I logged in. Confusing. The info page still has that 'My Little Info Page' look, though.
Doesn't this sound to you like only a slight aggiornamento of the good old 'you be good to us and we be good to you otherwise bad things could happen when we send the enforcers...' old Mafia protection warning?

And what would you do if you get the letter?
flaviomatani: (the wall hammer landscape)
( Nov. 21st, 2009 10:44 am)
Well, maybe with the whole parking permit saga I got a little preview of the future. Not just no cars allowed; future homes may not have central heating. Because they won't need it, say the designers, but, as it has happened so many times in the past, those designers will not be living in these houses...
flaviomatani: (galaxy)
( Sep. 20th, 2009 01:05 am)
So I didn't make it to Black Plastic, Invocation or any of the other options. Instead, I've been sorting out what CDs, records, DVDs and books I can keep and which I can not, when I move.

Also reading 'The Singularity is Near' by Ray Kurtzweil. Fascinating exercise, but I wish I could be so optimistic.
flaviomatani: (kal-el and flag)
( Nov. 5th, 2008 11:03 am)
Well done, America. Or rather, US of A (’America’ really extends from Canada to Patagonia, a lot of which did not elect a President yesterday, even if it all will affect them, as it will the rest of us). Let’s see what happens now. There are larger forces at play than the good intention of one man or even his team. But it is a step in the right direction.
flaviomatani: (kal-el and flag)
( Nov. 5th, 2008 11:03 am)
Well done, America. Or rather, US of A (’America’ really extends from Canada to Patagonia, a lot of which did not elect a President yesterday, even if it all will affect them, as it will the rest of us). Let’s see what happens now. There are larger forces at play than the good intention of one man or even his team. But it is a step in the right direction.
Right. I bet you hadn’t thought of this use for peanut butter (no, not that :



Such breathtaking ignorance and conceit has to be admired, I suppose...
(and people like these may have a degree of power and influence in the most powerful country in the world..)

borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] kingtiger
Right. I bet you hadn’t thought of this use for peanut butter (no, not that :



Such breathtaking ignorance and conceit has to be admired, I suppose...
(and people like these may have a degree of power and influence in the most powerful country in the world..)

borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] kingtiger
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