The COVID-19 bill is released and hidden in it are two *enormous* copyright provisions; the Tillis bill that creates a jail felony for streaming infringements, and the "CASE act" that creates a totally new low-friction DMCA-takedown-like court that can levy five-digit fines for…well, pretty much anything, without the checks on abuse a normal court has or (to my read) adequate notice to targets they were even sued.

These have real potential to harm average Internet users.

@shivoa I'm curious, how long have you been contracting for? How have you liked it?

@shivoa I've been thinking along the same lines myself lately. The most creative periods in my life were when I was working part time (or not at all). Working a 9-5 job doesn't leave much space for anything else. So I've been seriously considering the idea of quitting to go chase contracts, and maybe start a Patreon for a bit of extra income, while writing and working on OSS projects etc on the side.

@shivoa Base XB1, I meant. Hah. I work at Microsoft and I can't even keep all this crap straight.

We all happened to be in town, even Him, so we meet up. Have some drinks, some laughs, and some tears too.
Then Tom asks "What's the dumbest thing you've ever done?"
And we all think, and tell our stories, and laugh.
Except Him, He looks embarrassed.
"God," Tom says, "is it us?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

@shivoa The WindowsApps permissions crap is absolutely wild. I can't even make an desktop shortcut to a store app and have it use the app's icon, because it doesn't get the right permissions to read the .ico file somehow.

@shivoa OT, but in the gameplay vid for that, I was really struck by how the game voice actors were trying to imitate the movie actors so the Thor guy there was working so hard to do the Chris Hemsworth Thor voice and just...not really nailing it. 😅

Meet the computer scientist and activist who got Big Tech to stand down

Joy Buolamwini’s research helped persuade Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft to put a hold on facial recognition technology. Through her nonprofit Algorithmic Justice League, she’s now battling AI bias in other realms.

@shivoa flashback to 80x25 text mode display controllers that had a special function to scroll the screen (iirc)!

I think Google should save everyone a lot of time and effort and jump straight to discontinuing new services:

"We are proud to announce that Google Kitchen Tools will no longer be available on Sep 1st 2020, nor has it ever been available. Should you wish to export your Google Kitchen Tools data, you should be aware that there is no data, as Google Kitchen Tools has never existed.

The Google Kitchen Tools Team"

She heard a gunshot. The more ears you have, the more precisely you can pinpoint the source of a sound.
She had it down to a 3 centimeter diameter sphere, but was less precise when she filed the report. Apartment number was close enough, in Alexa's experience.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Many said he was not a great sorcerer. He could not raise the dead, or forge magic weapons, or make love potions.
He made small things. Winged glasses that came when you whistled. Tea mugs that reminded you to drink. Books that softly lit their pages.
Many said he was the best.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Alright friends I'm gonna tell you about the viola (one of two instruments I play). This is it.

walking around chaz is just astonishing. people cooking for each other everywhere, collaborating on art. I saw a fistfight get de-escalated by a crowd in just a minute. But the most remarkable thing is just eavesdropping on conversations — hearing ideas that weren’t in the “Overton window” a few weeks ago discussed openly, freely, fearlessly

Folks who are joining us today might want to take a look here for just a few examples of the ways in which software perpetuates racism that are already known.

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... and on the empty marble plinth letters there were written in gold that said thus: Whoso pulleth this statue from this stone, they are rightwise rulers of Britain.

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