"The biggest lie tech people tell themselves — and the rest of us"
"They see facial recognition, smart diapers, and surveillance devices as inevitable evolutions. They’re not."
By Rose Eveleth
@bonzoesc This looks pretty cool!
There are many forest fires in Mexico at the moment, which is why Mexico City is in a pollution contingency plan. The fires are concentrated in avocado-growing regions: people are illegally burning down forest to turn it into avocado monocultures, and taking advantage of a loophole in land-use laws: https://www.sinembargo.mx/16-05-2019/3581975
The article says those avocados get exported to Japan, Canada, and Europe.
So if you live there, maybe try to eat something else?
@annika That would be really disappointing since online bill pay is pretty standard. I hadn't used paper checks for years even before switching to Simple.
It is proven! I am jamesadney on Keybase: https://keybase.io/jamesadney/sigchain#3f2e8d0e42106ba1be73a8cbfcaf718ab5fcceffaf6e75b822b9a5047543a91b0f
@nicole_bell he kind of looks like a hedgehog
TIL – Using conditional entries in .gitconfig to automatically manage #git identities based on the working directory. Nice!
@platypus Haha, don't worry Microsoft will definitely undo those regedit changes in a future update anyway.
@platypus Every once in a while I need legit Office to edit documents for work, otherwise I could ditch Windows. But I should just run a VM on Linux and call it good. I just hate to use a pirated copy or pay for a license for a VM I only use a couple times a year.
@platypus Sounds about right. Every time it happens I have some dread that Windows has finally decided to eat my Linux partition, but so far, so good.
@platypus Ah, I've been in that fun situation before too! You might have already tried this, but I think I was able to fix it by booting up with a live CD and running efibootmgr to change the UEFI boot order so that Linux/grub is before Windows (making sure that boot order was isn't locked in the BIOS settings first). Good luck!
Linux laptop advice
@nolan @wohali I've been happy with my Thinkpad T460s, though I'm sure it's similar to the X1. The keyboard feels pretty good to me. I like the nub and the touchpad is better than ones I used in the past, but not amazing.
Linux support has been great. Firmware updates show up automatically and install through Ubuntu which I appreciate. Build quality is good, and I wanted a RAM slot which the X1 didn't have. I'm assuming the newer T4x0s are similar.
Recurse Center is offering $10,000 fellowships to women, trans, and nonbinary people!
RC was a hugely positive and transformative experience for me as a person and a programmer; I highly recommend it
Invite-only for current and former Adneys.