When an SF Worldcon is shuffling chairs YET AGAIN this year and they have lawsuits going with the venue and it is only a few months before the event and a pandemic is still raging and you can't imagine WTF they are thinking.

But you are REALLY glad you're not on the ConCom…

Your reminder that all package managers are evil, more or less, but the devil themself uses NPM.

When an app or network connected device scans phones or computers or other network connected devices on your LAN it can use that information for bad things. Really bad things.

However, the information can also be used for good things.

Thing is, those good things might be a Trojan Horse or a 'Camel's Nose under the Tent'. Even if you trust the app or device now, this does not mean you can trust it in the future.

Better to not open the door in the first place.

Politics, Character 

Ever notice how Republicans talk all the time about the importance of 'character' and morals, yet ignore the lack of character in their own ranks, while Democrats are the ones actually *showing* character, but rarely talk about it?

When the news focuses all its 'breaking news' attention on yet another fuckhead politician who let his dick do the thinking; while basically ignoring Iran's latest attempt to jumpstart WWIII.

– but you probably don't need it…

When you're wondering if you should do business with a company, so you type in the URL from the flyer and the URL redirects to a Facebook page and you go NOPE.

When you stop reading an opinion article, not because you disagree but because you dislike truth shading and false equivalence no matter who is doing it.

When you stop reading the comments, 'cuz it's all people schooling an OP about User Demographics and you wanted to read people's thoughts on the original topic.

When you see a headline along the lines of, "What [name]'s Real Problem Is," and you think, "So, basically, you published a three-thousand word article going into details (with examples) about how this person is an asshole, without ever using the word 'asshole'. Right?"

When the biggest news is rich and entitled people complaining about other rich and entitled people being mean to them.

Wow! Biden's going to have the Neanderthals all over his ass for that racially insensitive quip.

As of today, I'm leaning towards labeling those who eschew a reality-based worldview for conspiracy theories and quack remedies as 'mentally ill'.

Damn! Google just released a project with the same name as one of my background projects.

There is a direct connection between having a reductionist view of a complex world and believing a demagogue's lies or the tenets of a conspiracy theory. The problem isn't so much ignorance as it is an unwillingness to engage reality; an intellectual laziness that delegates the formation of your opinions to another.

Mind you, ignorance certainly helps…

Is it just me? Or is anyone else getting really angry at people who claim 'significant evidence' of something, without EVER SHOWING ANY EVIDENCE THAT ISN'T OBVIOUS BULLSHIT? Or showing any at all, for that matter?

And, no, what kicked off this rant wasn't related to vote fraud claims.

Looking forward to all those lovely GPUs coming on the market after the cryptocurrency crash.

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