Threads for matthew

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      I enjoyed this post. I can’t help but wonder though if maybe there’s a better word for this than “tech veganism”. I’m vegan, and to me the word specifically refers to the idea of not exploiting animals. I’m not sure I’m thrilled about the idea of diluting its meaning. Taken to the extreme, you end up with a serious PR problem, because the word goes from meaning just A, to meaning A ⋂ B, to A ⋂ B ⋂ C ⋂ D ⋂ ..., and eventually meaning cave dweller.

      EDIT: then again, maybe in this case the animals not being exploited are humans. So, maybe it fits. :)

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        I don’t think worrying about the word’s meaning being diluted. That’s already happening. The word doesn’t mean much to those who aren’t familiar with it. (Lately, it seems like there’s a majority that thinks veganism == gluten-free. Obviously, that’s wrong.) Some vegans do it to reduce animal exploitation, but there’s many more who are vegan for their own selfish reasons (health, likely). At the minimum, veganism means abstaining from animal products.

        I liked the analogy. There’s a lot of parallels that the author explained, but my favorite being the estranged member of my friend groups.

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      Wow… Okay, I guess it’s time to switch to Firefox and fastmail….

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        This article was originally published by ProPublica on October 21st, 2016.

        Guess it is time!

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      Busy weekend!

      • We’re getting our Christmas tree on Saturday from a lot.
      • I’m going to see Atmosphere on Saturday
      • I’m helping a friend move on Sunday!

      If I have any downtime I plan on flipping through Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow.

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      I’m in between personal projects right now. I plan on researching other projects and exploring contributing to open source stuff.

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      Currently hosting:

      • ZNC
      • Ghost blog

      I’m getting a lot of ideas from this thread though.

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      Interesting solution, though I think the problem here is that most of these social media giants provide API access via OAuth authorization schemes (insofar as I know, this is the only way most of these bots could possibly post on social media) allowing non-humans to post on behalf of the human. This largely isn’t for nefarious purposes either–think of all of the cross-app integrations that exist out there that post an update to your Facebook whenever you’ve met a personal running goal or something similar.

      So provided a human has generated personal access tokens or OAuth-authorized credentials, a non-human would be able to act on the behalf of the human and post any content it wanted to.

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        Thinking about the use case of automated users (non-nefarious bots), one approach would be to label those accounts explicitly, like Slack does when you use a Slack bot.

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          I haven’t been on Facebook in awhile, but if I remember correctly this is already implemented in Facebook.

          Near the time stamp there (used to be) a string that linked back to a website for an app-originated update.

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      Maybe I’m missing something, but this is an advert for a VPN service. Why?

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        Mainly because it is new and people seem to trust proton mail. In my mind a release from a trusted company is noteworthy.

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          This can’t be that new… I’ve been using ProtonVPN for months now.

          Edit: They graduated out of beta on 20 June 2017 according to this article.

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            Ya it’s been out for a bit

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        You’re not missing something and I’m not really advertising it but ok. The post was simply meant to be informative with regards to a prominent email service offering a VPN service as well.

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      As someone who is just starting to get into a software-related field, I found this very helpful. Especially since, typically people my age tend to let the interviewers drive the interview and fail to ask any question.

      I always knew it was important to ask questions, but I never knew what questions to ask. Thanks!