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Wednesday, 8. December 12021
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Manchmal wage ich mich unter Leute
zum Beispiel zum Einkaufen oder wenn ich wo hin muss mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln.
Manchmal kann ich den Schmerz aushalten und es ist OK.
Doch dann, wie aus dem Nichts, sticht er zu, der Schmerz.
Der Schmerz.
Wir sind mechanisch.
Wir sind zerbrechlich.
Wir sind nur Ding unter Dingen.
Wir warten auf die Liebe.
Und den Krebs.

Why Tokyo Works (via densediscovery.com).

Its rail system is an equalizer between rich and poor. It’s usually the fastest way to get from A to B within the city, it’s affordable and everyone uses it. There is no stigma attached to riding the train, it’s simply the standard.

Software is hard.

Methodologies: The Next Two Decades.

You will notice that there are way more Certified Scrum Masters than Certified Scrum Developers, because the Bizsheviks ensure that the power is concentrated in their party. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project, but that does not mean the Techsheviks get to have a say in how it is run.

The Conspiracy Chart 2021.

The Conspiracy Chart 2021
The Conspiracy Chart 2021


The Mystical, Magical, Terrifying Supernatural Cats of Japan.

The first known appearance of a supernatural cat in Japan arrived in the 12th century. According to reports, a massive, man-eating, two-tailed cat dubbed the nekomata stalked the woods of what is now the Nara prefecture.

How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation.

The tech giants are paying millions of dollars to the operators of clickbait pages, bankrolling the deterioration of information ecosystems around the world.

Saturday, 4. December 12021
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The Billion Pfennig Code.

Was Google Earth Stolen? (no) (via johnmccrea.medium.com).

SGI built a public-facing demo called “From Space to [Your] Face” shown in 1996 or earlier that zoomed in from space to a 3D spot in the Alps, just like TerraVision and Google Earth (but constrained), to show off the new InfiniteReality with their novel hardware clip-map feature.

Relevant: TerraVision, ART+COM, Joachim Sauter, and his beautiful digikinetic installations.

Update: I have now seen the whole miniseries and the making of, and there is a lot amiss in both, the film dramatization and the rebuttal attempts: Keyhole is one weird company, owned by US american secret services, obviously. The US american patent system is flawed, obviously. And certainly, Google is one evil shithole.

The haves and the have-yachts – the superrich and their bunker mentality.

Underground lairs have hollowed out London.

The current system clearly isn’t working, so where do we go from here?

The humane asylum.

Today, people with SPMI can be at risk of aggressive, potentially harmful overtreatment early in their involvement with the mental health system. Later – after suboptimal or negligible responses to available therapies, and in the face of persistent psychological suffering and associated disability – they are at risk of therapeutic neglect, coloured in part by burnout and therapeutic nihilism among caregivers, and in part by a dearth of suitable models and care settings.

AI Futures: how artificial intelligence will change music.

The sound of the voice itself is not covered by copyright law. The reason you can impersonate someone with deepfake audio is because there are only two protected objects in copyright law – the musical work and the sound recording. The musical work refers to the song – notes, chords and lyrics. And the sound recording protection can only be applied to a specific track. This means deepfake audio is a grey area, as the voice isn’t considered [by law] as a part of the composition.