Friday, October 09, 2020

Friday Links

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Short one today, just a random collection of gems. I am very slow catching up with my podcast back-log.

Technology

Ruby 3.0 brings new type checking and concurrency features [LWN] - some good new stuff, but I don't like of having type definitions in separate files. That was already annoying in C and C++. The concurrency features probably also need some work. 

Cellmate: Male chastity gadget hack could lock users in - Internet of Dongs

Slack is getting Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio calls for the pandemic era - I wish I was in that meeting: "How could we make Slack waste more time so people finally use e-mail again?"

Flatpak - a security nightmare - 2 years later
- I think this is true for many container based distributions of software 

Twitter Search with Nico Tonozzi [Podcast] - interesting insight into the evolution of Twitter's search engine
 
Tend September Update [Vimeo] - A mindfulness VR start-up, this seems to be a good application for VR

Random Thingspiele

Thingspiele - came to this through German Spiegel article. I never heard of these or the name before. 

Working from home in UK over winter ‘will add £100 to fuel bills’  - my electricity bill is already higher, the winter will be worse 

The Guardian's 2020 Climate Pledge - good to see this and more publication should follow this

COVID-19 and Acedia - Something different from Schneier

"a sense of no longer caring about caring, not because one had become apathetic, but because somehow the whole structure of care had become jammed up."

224 Years of Election Hacking [Podcast] - not quite "unprecedented"

Should men-only private members' clubs still exist? [Podcast] - no? I always liked the idea of a private members club, sitting in a nice chesterfield armchair, reading a paper, sipping a whiskey (I don't drink) and smoking a pipe (I don't smoke). Maybe the idea is always better than the real thing.

What has Nobel done for the World? [Podcast] - talking about male clubs... it is probably doing more in making science popular than nominating the right peopel

Other Link Collections

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kind of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time you might notice common themes though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

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