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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

Woah. Well researched response. I liked Walkers book a lot, as I'm sure I've mentioned here. It still feels a bit nitpicky, but he addresses that properly too.

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble Machine X’s first working song

Also demure, did you see this one?

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 13, 2019

How are we halfway through November already. Feels like September was a fortnight ago.

I'm still infrequently working on my academic paper. It's basically been short bursts of one or two days of work every two/three months. Did a final round of comments, and now it's now good to go. The four (well-known in the field!) professors that are my coauthors are happy with the result, which feels like a hard-won thing. Now I just gotta process the comments from this round and figure out what the submission requirements are.

Started DMing my first campaign this Monday with a few coworkers. Still find it kind of miraculous that in a company of like eighty people we've found five that are nerdy enough for D&D. It was a lot of fun, but a campaign is a noticable step up from doing a oneshot here or there. Need to step up mah game!

Speaking of work... I feel like I've honed in on the type of work I want to do most, and I'm starting to feel like 2020 could have a lot in store for me in that regard. I've been planting seeds everywhere I can for a bit now, let's see if it works...

veen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: What Book (or Books) Changed Your Life, and Why?

I think I can ascribe the largest delta in my life to the Waanzinnig om te Weten (Amazing to Know) book series, which is called Horrible Science / Horrible Histories / Horrible Geographies in the UK. They were funny nonfiction books aimed at young teenagers, and I read every single one my library had. It taught me science, history, through amazing facts and interesting stories. It taught me to see the world in a wonderful way, yet also to be critical and think for yourself.

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, which I read in conjunction with a course on ecological politics, probably set me on the path to working towards a more sustainable planet. It's not a very great book - she basically yells CAPITALISM IS BAD FOR THE CLIMATE over and over. But it made me think much more about the topic.

Essentialism by Gregor McKeown is probably the only book I've read more than twice, and that I still read or at least leaf through from time to time. It is as close to a Bible that I have, as it provides me the first principles to take a plethora of other decisions.

Reclaiming Conversation probably did more for my social life than any other book. Sherry Turkle made me realize I was being an antisocial dick and made me appreciate good, in-person conversations as the most valuable platonic human contact we have.

veen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: No more colorbox.

Great! It was indeed quite annoying, I much prefer this way.

Can you fix the left margin though? I've done some messing around in the CSS and figured out that if you change the 6px in this line:

    $(this).parents('.subhead').next('.prevbox').load(getURL).fadeToggle('fast').css({'margin':'14px 6px'});
to 34px, and change the popbox margin-left to 0px, it should align perfectly with both post titles and comments.

The arrow keys in the corner also move you to the next part.

Somehow I look awful with absolutely every hat that I try on. Baseball caps in particular make me look like a doofus.

veen  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 6, 2019

They're indeed different issues, but your original wording directly coupled the value of your data to the use of your data.

    I am devaluing my data for Facebook.

I was arguing that the monetary value of your data to Facebook won't decrease much by reducing your Facebook activity. You're (now) making the argument that the scraping and re-using of data is wrong and that you don't want to be involved in that. Which I'm not disagreeing with. But that isn't your value to Facebook, that's your value to Putin / 4chan / whatever hellspawn makes those pages. Your face now, sadly, helps convince gullible people of some argument that's never yours.

    that makes you personally culpable. Not legally, but definitely morally.

No, fuck that. You're powerless. You're collateral damage, the result of chance and big numbers that ostensibly lead to scraped, automated identity fraud. It's not your fault, it's the platform that shouldn't make automated fraud so goddamned easy.

Take another example: social security numbers. It is far too easy to get someone's number from some leak and use that to steal identities, solely because social security numbers in the US is the only personal identifier that is ubiquitous. That doesn't mean you are personally culpable of this shitty system. Maybe to the extent that you should let your congress(wo)man know about it, but other than that you are powerless.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 6, 2019

Birthday pubski! 🎉 The round's on me.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 6, 2019

I'd argue it's not as effective as you hope it to be. Facebook cares primarily about who you are and about gathering eyeballs. They need very few data points for the first part - with just a few liked pages they can already group you in with similar people. It's all about lookalike audiences. Someone on HM figured out that while you can't target ads for illicit things, you can find out which pages are most similar to illicit things. Tirns out you can totally target weedheads by targeting 18-25 males who like Family Guy. What many people also don't know is that there's a very long list of companies that have already upload their customer's email and name to Facebook, so simply by virtue of having an email and name they already know a bunch about you.

Using the service less isn't gonna change that. You probably already have an ad blocker so you're practically worth little to them anyway.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 6, 2019

Yeah how's everyone doing? I'm beyond halfway and can probably finish it relatively soon, but I'm not very hooked by it. I like Le Guins prose but not her storytelling.

veen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you make Windows suck less?

For RSS and many other apps I usually prefer to just handle it in-browser instead of with a separate desktop app. Have heard good things about Feedly.

Also, minor thing, but you can now have the Windows taskbar on top, OSX style. I prefer it that way.