Hey folks, we're moving up the Elekk Secret Santa by 3 days so people have the option to buy gifts on Steam using the Autumn sale prices. The event was set to start the day the sale ended and I want to make sure everyone has plenty of options within their budget!
If you'd like to sign up for the Secret Santa, *you may still do so!* Please just let me know as soon as possible and be prepared to fill out your wishlist by 11/30.
Sign up for Elekk's Secret Santa 2019 is live! Please click the link and read the directions to enter. Sign-up is not limited to Elekk, though you are encouraged to start your own secret santa event if you don't regularly interact with Elekk members (secret santa's are best with people you know and love, after all).
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Just wanted to throw it out there for reference: I don't approve all follower requests. 90% of the time this is not personal, and really revolves around the fact that I don't know the people trying to follow me.
Sometimes I decline because I use the "follower's-only" mode to keep private things private, and I can't envision how the new follower would respond to some of the things I say.
I also prune my follower list from time to time as I get to know certain accounts. Again, not personal.
If money is tight it might also be worth considering switching to something like Linux Mint, which looks and feels a lot like Windows but without the cost. Obviously Linux isn't for everyone, but it's gotten significantly more user friendly in the past 5 years, and it would allow you to use the internet securely.
If you need help installing it from someone that won't be condescending to you about the process, feel free to reach out to me :).
PSA: Today marks the end of support for Windows 7 by Microsoft.
What this means: You can still use W7, but Microsoft will no longer release security patches for it, no matter how serious the problem.
This means that your system is vulnerable to attack, starting today and getting progressively worse as time goes on. What exactly these attacks look like and how bad they'll be we don't know.
Its recommended you not use W7 connected to the internet, and upgrade to 8 or 10 ASAP.
Scraping, good news!
Great news folks: the database for that Italian paper has been "deaccessionized," or pulled down, due to "Legal issue or Data Usage Agreement Many entries in the datasets do not fulfill the law about personal data release since they allow identification of personal information."
This is a great first step. Personally I hope people keep pushing until the university retracts the paper and issues an apology, but this was probably the most egregious piece of this debacle.
At the end of the day, you should use fediverse software to reach people, and weigh the potential costs of someone finding what you've said that you didn't intend to. Just like with email, there's always a risk that what you sent will be intercepted, sent to more people than intended, or forwarded to people you didn't expect.
I don't say this to mean "it's pointless to pursue privacy in the fedi," but rather "this platform is insecure, please be careful."
Public really does mean public. Your posts can be found via a Google search once they federate to another server. I know because I've found my stuff stored on other servers even though I've listed my profile as delisted from search engines in my preferences.
Unlisted is about the same.
Followers-only is slightly more private, but the activitypub protocol is imperfect and sometimes people can access these.
Even direct messages are viewable by your instance admin.
There's definitely valid reasons to be upset by the scraping these researchers did. They violated their university's ethics guidelines and probably broke the law. People have a right to be upset and should fight back.
But this should serve as a reminder: if you post it on fedi, you should assume it's not private. The purpose of this software, ultimately, is to broadcast what you say. There are likely people scraping fedi right now that will never announce what they've done.
The first time is for experimentation. Might turn out, might be a total failure. Have low expectations.
On your second attempt try to either replicate your success or improve.
On your third attempt try to nail down the recipe.
And if that doesn't work, reach out for help!
But you can learn, slowly and over time. And the rewards are near-instant, comparatively speaking. Not to mention you'll feel happier and healthier by not eating processed food as often.
I've made reverse-seared steaks, casseroles, deserts, japanese-style ramen, and my own pizza crust.
I learned by failing *a lot.*
The biggest reason people stop learning something is because they fail and think "this is the height of my potential. I'll never improve.
But that's part of honing your skills. You literally can't get good without screwing up.
So I'd encourage you to pick a recipe that interests you. Something that motivates you. Plan to make it 3 times. 3/
To be clear, I'm not saying "everyone *should* learn to cook." Maybe you don't have the spoons. Maybe you have too much going on in your life. Or maybe you just don't care to learn.
But for context: I started out not knowing how to cook pasta correctly. It always came out crunchy.
Today I made my own sauce at the same time I was cooking my noodles, and coordinated them so that neither was cold when they finished. 2/
I've spent a lot of the last year or so teaching myself to cook, and tbh it's been one of the most empowering things I've ever done.
I've also become 100% convinced that this is a skill, not a talent. No different than carpentry, programming, or painting.
We fool ourselves by saying things like "I'm a terrible cook" or "I'd burn a salad." Like, maybe you did and that's not an exaggeration. But you can learn. Anyone can. And it's a huge quality of life improvement to know how. 1/
Last night's run went pretty well over all, but there was definitely a Roguelike™ moment or two mixed in.
Thanks to everyone that stopped by! It felt really good to stream again after almost 1.5 years. And I managed to go about 3 hours before running out of steam, which is pretty darn good for me.
Hope everyone who got to watch had a great time, and if you'd like to watch the VOD you can find it here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/534607677
Stream starting soon! Gonna be doing a Dead Cells run, hopefully with Twitch integration (assuming I can get it to work)!
Kotaku, doomsday prediction
Joshua Rivera and Gita Jackson are leaving Kotaku. This is within a month(?) of Cecilia D'Anastasio leaving. They announced the same day. Joshua was there less than a year.
I think it's happening. I think we're seeing the site evaporate.
The brand is too good for it to be closed, I suspect. But I've been seeing a *lot* of names I don't recognize writing pieces nobody cares about. Seems like they're converting it to an SEO farm, to me.
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